Stores are Ready for Christmas: Are You?

The Halloween decorations are put away, and though Thanksgiving is the next holiday up for celebration, many stores have already hung their stockings, decorated their trees, and tied their red and green bows in preparation for Christmas. I saw the first Christmas decorations out at the beginning of October. That’s approximately 86 days before Christmas.

Even though Christmas is still weeks away, have you been tasked with planning your office, school, family, or small group’s Christmas party? If so, it might be a good idea to start thinking about activities and ideas for a memorable party. I polled my Facebook friends recently and asked for some of their favorite things to incorporate into a Christmas party. Here are some of the best ideas they had:

  • Pick Up Candy Canes: This is a version of Pick Up Sticks, only you place your hands behind your back and can only use your mouth to pick up candy canes scattered on a table. Whoever gets the most candy canes in a cup wins.
  • Saran Wrap Gift Ball: Wrap all types of gifts (can be serious or gag gifts) in Saran Wrap, creating a ball. Place the best gift in the middle and wrap. Place another present on top of that and wrap, followed by another gift then wrap. Continue until you have a large ball. One person begins unwrapping the ball and can keep any gift he/she unwraps. While the person is unwrapping, another person is rolling dice. As soon as they roll a certain number, it becomes their turn to unwrap. Continue until all gifts are unwrapped.
  • Fish Bowl: Everyone writes down Christmas words/movies/songs on slips of paper and places them in a bowl. Form two teams. In the first round, you can say anything to get your team to guess the word. After 30 seconds, switch teams. Play until all words are used. Place them back in the bowl for the second round, where you can only say one word to get your team to guess the word. For the third round, you can only act out the words on the papers to get your team to guess.
  • Guess the Song: Using kid-friendly instruments (think kazoo, triangle, recorder, tambourine, bicycle bell), play a Christmas song and have people guess what song is being played. For an added element of fun, wrap the various instruments. The person chosen to play the song must first choose and unwrap the instrument he/she will use.
  • Christmas Book Exchange: Instead of the typical ornament exchange, bring a wrapped Christmas book to exchange with others.
  • Gingerbread Houses: Decorate gingerbread houses with given supplies. Have awards including best house, most likely to fall in a snowstorm, most likely to withstand an avalanche, and so on.

Christmas parties don’t have to be stressful, and with a little pre-planning, you can ensure a fun, stress-free time. And, considering candy is half-price from Halloween, you could probably stock up on a few prizes and giveaways for your Christmas event!