Tuesday, December 22, 2015

12 Games of Christmas

This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for about a week and I just realized that some of you may want these ideas for Christmas get togethers this week.  So here you go!

I'm the social director for our Sunday School class and have the absolute pleasure of planning our social events throughout the year.  For Christmas this year we had a delicious dinner at the country club, but I decided to make it a little more fun by incorporating 12 Minute to Win it style games and calling it The Twelve Games of Christmas.  

We played guys vs. girls and had spouses come up and compete against eachother.

One - Cookie Face 
Place a gingerbread cookie on each person's forehead.  The first one to get the cookie into their mouth using only their face muscles OR the person with the cookie closest to their mouth after one minute is the winner.

Two - Stack It Up
We had two piles of pennies (40 pennies in each pile) and, using only one hand, each person had to stack their pennies.  The first person to get them all stacked OR the person with the most stacked at the end of one minute wins.

Three - Suck It Up
Contestants must transfer 25 M&Ms from one plate to another using only a straw.  The first person to complete the transfer OR the person with the most transferred at the end of one minute is the winner.

 Four - Nut Stacker
Players had to stack 5 nuts (like, hardware - not almonds. hahaha) on top of each other using only a toothpick.  Whoever completes the task the fastest OR whoever has the most stacked up at the end of one minute wins.

 Five - Stack Attack
Stack 36 solo cups into a Christmas tree form using only one hand (starting with a base row of 8, then 7, then 6, etc.).

Six - Defy Gravity
Whoever can keep three balloons in the air the longest wins.

 Seven - Candy Cane Pile Up
Players have to move candy canes from a pile on the table into a bowl using only a candy cane that they're holding in their mouth.  The person who transfers the whole pile OR the person who transfers the most after one minute wins.

 Eight - Whipped Cream Tannenbaum
I gave each contestant a plate and three cans of whipped cream.  Whoever had the tallest Christmas tree at the end of one minute wins.

 Nine - Snowball Toss
Each person has a bag of marshmallows and they have to toss the marshmallows into their bowl.  The person with the most marshmallows in their bowl at the end of one minute wins.

Ten - Christmas Cliffhanger
Each person has 5 Christmas cards set up on the table.  They have to blow the cards across the table and try to make them hang off the edge.  The person with the most cliff hangers at the end of the minute (or the person who gets 5 the fastest) wins.

NOTE: This game didn't work on either of the tables I had set up.  Test it out on your table before you start. 

Eleven - Movin' On Up
Stack 40 Solo cups with one of a different color on top.  Put that one at the bottom of the stack and keep moving them (one handed) until the cup is back at the top.  The person who gets the cup back on top first wins OR the person who has moved the cup the furthest at the end of one minute wins.

 Twelve - Bottoms Up
Each person has a belt with an ornament attached to it (on a ribbon or spring).  There are 8 empty cans on a table and they have to move their hips to swing the ornament to knock down the cans.  Whoever knocks them all down the quickest OR whoever knocks down the most at the end of one minute wins.

OMG! I wish I had a better picture of this because it was AMAZING!  Our teacher, Scott, and his wife Debra were the BEST sports and I don't have a better picture because I was literally on the floor laughing.

  The guys won by one point (boooooooooo!) and they have bragging rights until next year.

 The sore losers :)

I hope y'all found some fun ideas for Christmas with your family and friends!  If you have other fun game ideas leave them in the comments.


  1. Oh my goodness! This was so much fun! We're totally doing all of them on Christmas Eve at my house!

  2. Great post! #12 seems really fun! How long is the string that the ornament is attached to?

  3. It's funny how they guys all just stand there for a pic while the ladies to the pose. Hehe. Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. how fun! wish I saw this earlier.. next year, for sure!

  5. Did each couple only compete in one challenge or each couple did each challenge? Thanks Andrea!