There’s so much that I’m looking forward to this Christmas. We’ll be hosting family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I have two weeks off with lots of quality pyjama time planned. And I’ve shopped early and am really excited about some of the gifts I’m giving. But one of the things I’m most excited about is a new tradition that we started last year.
After our Christmas dinner, as turkey-induced tryptophan kicked in, we played a really fun game around the table that my kids have been talking about ever since.
Earlier in the evening, I’d come up with some “getting to know you” questions, like…
…if you could be any Disney character who would you be?
…if you could compete in any Olympic sport what would it be?
…if you could re-live any day of your life, which would you choose?
…if you could have dinner with any person (dead or alive) who would it be?
These questions are written on individual pieces of paper, folded up and put in a bowl. You need at least as many questions as there are players.
Each person is given a pad of paper and a pen. Then the first person chooses one of the questions from the bowl and reads it out loud. Everybody writes their answer and gives it to the “questioner” anonymously. Finally, the questioner reads all the answers out loud, and then has to guess whose answer was whose.
This game is fantastic for the whole family (the two youngest couldn’t write yet, so they had older siblings or cousins writing their answer for them). It was fun for the grandparents to see what moments were important to their grandchildren (I found it interesting that my son would re-live the day his hockey team lost the City Championships to see if he could make the outcome different). It was fun for us to guess which sister related to which Disney princess. It was fun for me to find out that half my family considers Terry Fox history’s greatest hero!
I’m looking forward to playing again this year and learning even more about my amazing and wonderful family.
How about you…do you have traditions that you look forward to year after year? Anything new you’re planning for this year’s holidays?