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Family fun and games for Christmas

December 21, 2012

Christmas is undoubtedly one of the most fun and exciting times of year. But when all the presents are opened and no-one can agree on a film to watch, a good old-fashioned parlour game is a great way to bring the family together. Take a look

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at our top five suggestions to keep everyone entertained.

Pass the Parcel
Repeatedly wrap a small gift in boxes or paper. Choose a number and then have everyone take turns rolling a dice. The first person to roll the chosen number can begin unwrapping. The next person to roll the chosen number takes off another layer of wrapping, and so on. The person who unwraps the actual gift gets to keep it.

Memory Match
The objective of this game is to remember 20 small items which are laid out on a tray. Once the tray of objects is set down, everyone has 3 minutes to remember what’s there. When the time is up, the tray is removed and players grab a pen and paper to write down as many objects as they can remember. The player who remembers the most objects is the winner.

Reportedly a favourite of the Queen herself. Get each person in the room to write the names of ten books, films, plays, television programmes or songs on scraps of paper. Fold them and throw them into a large bowl. The first person picks a piece of paper at random and mimes whatever is written on it to the rest of the group. Whoever guesses correctly then takes their turn, and so on. To keep the game as lively as possible, it’s best to have a time limit of two minutes per mime.

Twenty Questions
One person chooses a subject/object from a prepared list but does not reveal this to anyone else. All other players each take turns asking a question which can be answered with a simple “Yes” or “No” or “Maybe.” Whoever guesses the correct answer gets questioned next. If 20 questions are asked without a correct guess, the player takes a second turn.

The Vicar’s Cat
The first player describes the Vicar’s cat with an adjective beginning with the letter ‘A’ (for example, “The Vicar’s cat is an adorable cat”). Each member of the group then has to think of a different adjective starting with the same letter. Once everyone has taken their turn, the first player describes the cat with an adjective beginning with the letter ‘B’. This continues for each letter of the alphabet. A player is ‘out’ if they can’t think of an adjective, or repeat one that has already been used.

We hope you have a great Christmas, and why not make it extra special by visiting Menzies Hotels for a festive meal with all the family. We’d love to help you take a well-earned break and enjoy this special time with your loved ones.

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