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In every family there are special Christmas traditions – in our family playing games was a fixed part of the repertoire of Christmas activities. And one game could never be missing: the Christmas Charades. This proved not only in the circle of family, but also at Christmas parties with friends and colleagues as a mood maker.
Pantomime can (and should ;-)) of course be played at any time of the year, because it is definitely one of those games whose ability to excite enthusiasm is almost inexhaustible. By the way, on Abenteuer Freundschaft you can also find a description of Pantomime with 7 game variants.
However, the popular guessing game, which is also known as charades, is also particularly suitable for Christmas parties, whether in the closest circle of the family or even in a larger group. Here are a few good reasons why:
I played Christmas Charades as a child with my parents and grandparents, later as a teenager with my mates and as an adult at various Christmas parties, including one time with colleagues where I suggested the game. It went down great!
But now to the point… 🙂
The basic rules of Christmas Charades are almost the same as generalcharades:
So much for the basics; in addition to these, there are other rules that you can design more freely and adapt to the requirements of the group.
This includes, for example, whether you play in teams or simply everyone collects points for themselves. The latter variant makes sense especially if the number of players is very small or if it is not possible to divide into teams of equal size. In the “everyone against everyone” variant, it is helpful to have a stock of terms in the form of cards from the outset, which are then simply drawn in turn.
If you play in two teams, it is also a popular way of playing that one team thinks up the terms for the other team. In each team, there is a rotation of who has to represent a term and who is allowed to write one down for the other team. All the other players on both teams are then allowed to guess, so that both teams have a chance to win a point for eachcharades representation.
However, in the team variant, you can of course still fall back on a supply of terms in the form of a pile of cards. In this case, only the person who prepared it is not allowed to play. This is also suitable if you are playing with more than 2 teams, e.g. with a larger number of players.
To add variety to the Christmas Charades, you can also assign a sub-theme in each round, e.g. “Christmas objects”, “Christmas traditions”, “Christmas food”, “Christmas carols” or “Christmas films”….
No matter how you play, some inspiration for good Christmas terms can’t hurt, so below we’ve gathered a whopping 101 Christmas terms to enact and guess.
Have fun performing and / or guessing these and other terms in the Christmas Charades!
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