With Hanukah this weekend, Christmas only two weeks away, and New Year’s right around the corner, there will be a lot of family get-togethers going down over the next few weeks. And, if you’d rather not be like my family:
Then I would suggest doing something to bring everyone together, rather than leaving the family to go to their separate corners, gnawing on turkey, waiting for their customary hour of family time before bouncing out.
And how do I suggest bringing the family together? No, not booze (although that might help)…GAMES! Playing board games is one of my family’s favorite pastimes. It really helps bring people out of their shells and engages everyone.
Board games have come a long way since Monopoly, folks. I’ve rounded up the best ones to fit every type of family, and I think you’ll like what I’ve got!
Apples to Apples
No confusing rules, no pawns. Just cards and an imagination.
All you have to do is match a noun card with an adjective or vice versa! Sometimes the most logical wins…others it’s the most imaginative ones. Either way, it’s a lot of fun!
Trivial Pursuit: 80’s Edition
Are you constantly lamenting the end of the women’s power suit/Reebok combo? Do you long for the days of Debbie Harry, Run DMC, and Alf? Don’t cry, I’ve got a game for you! Trivial Pursuit, 80’s edition! (Seriously, T.P. has a version for EVERYONE) The pawns are even “80’s inspired”: Zac Morris-esque cell phone, a cassette, a Commodore 64, and a Care Bear!
This game is basically a “catch all” game. It combines trivia, drawing, and imagination. I’ve played this game a few times before and LOVED it (even though I didn’t win). They also have “kid versions” too!
Scene It Movie Edition
If you’ve got a band of movie buffs on your hands, you MUST play this game. I fancy myself to know a lot about movies, so I’d love to play this! (Comes in Disney, Nickelodeon, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who versions as well!)
Game of Things
I’ve never actually played this game. However, during lunch at my office, I always hear raucous laughter coming from the conference room. Are they talking about this year’s budget cuts? No. They are playing this game. Judging by the octave level alone coming from the room, I’d venture a guess that this game is well worth it.
This game is on my Christmas list and I’m really hoping I get it (hint, hint…). How you play is, everyone writes down “trigger words” on his or her list. Then, the first “Tunemaster” shouts out a trigger word from their list. The next person has to sing at least 5 words from a song with the trigger word in it! If they get it, they move on, if not, the next player has a chance to steal! Being obsessed with music has its advantages!
This is another one of my favorite games. Mostly because every time I play, I win. And I like games that I can win. The game is pretty simple: everyone gets a list of nouns. The first player rolls the lettered die. They set the timer and everyone has to write words related to the items on their list that start with the letter rolled. If someone writes down something questionable, the group gets to vote. That’s when the real fun begins!