Christmas is a time for numerous social events. Many people get involved in voluntary work during the yuletide season — collecting money for charitable purposes or personally helping out in the local community. Christmas is also a season for parties. Typically, a Christmas party is organized by a school, a company, an organization, a church, or a family. Traditionally, such parties include songs, dances, competitions, and games.
Obviously, there is a great difference between a Christmas party for children and grown-ups, but here in the site, we offer you some ideas for both types of holiday parties.
A Christmas party for children
Children love to dress up, thus, during Christmas; it is a good idea to come up with a Christmas theme when children are invited for a party. Try a Xmas Candy land theme where all children are dressed up as candy, or what about a Christmas light theme where the whole house is decorated with colored electric lights before the children arrive. You can also make a Tower of Gifts where you put candy in small boxes, tie them together in several tall towers, and use them as table decorations. That is a guaranteed success with the children.
Games and small christmas party competitions are also great ideas to keep children busy:
1. Gift wrap game
Wrap 5-10 gifts in several layers of gift paper and seat the children around a table. Play Christmas music, and pass the gift around among the children. The children may only take the paper off the individual gift while the music plays and it is your job to turn off the music with short intervals. When the music stops, the gift is passed on to the next. The child who pulls off the last piece of gift paper while the music is playing wins the gift.
2. Find the Christmas star
Ask each of the children to fold a Christmas star. When the stars are complete, you lead the children to another room and hide the stars in the living room. It is now the children’s task to find the stars.
3. Where is your sleigh?
Have children sit in a large circle and blindfold one child. Another child will be given the sleigh and must say: Santa Santa, where is your sleigh. Someone has come and taken it away
Guess who? Guess who? The blindfolded child gets three guesses. The child who has the sleigh is next to be blindfolded.
A Christmas party for grown-ups
For most grown-ups, the company and Christmas food are the top priorities when planning a Christmas party. During the party it’s a good idea to sing some Christmas songs and arrange a Christmas quiz as entertainment. Actually, there doesn’t have to be that much of a difference between a Christmas party for children, and a Christmas party for grown-ups. Grown-ups also love gifts; therefore, a gift game is an obvious choice for all age groups. Here are some examples on how grown-ups can entertain themselves at a Christmas party.
Large picture: Christmas party
1. Gift game
Everybody brings a small gift to the party. At the start of the game, all of the gifts are placed on the table, and each guest rolls a dice by turns. When the dice rolls to 6, the guest may choose a gift from the table or “steal” others’ gifts. After twenty minutes, everybody can keep his/her gifts. The game is usually a lot of fun.
2. Guess a song
Buy 2 – 3 CDs with Christmas music or download the music from the Internet. Play 5 seconds of each song. Guests will have to guess the right title of the Christmas song that has been played.
3. True or false
This is a good game if many of the guests don’t know each other. Each person tells three stories. Only one of the stories should be true. It is now up to the other guests to guess which of the stories is true. The game can be played all year round, but during Christmas it’s a great idea to tell stories related to Christmas.