A Christmas Gift Exchange Game

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A Christmas Gift Exchange Game – Christmas with the Right Family

This week I gathered with a bunch of church friends (my bible study group) to celebrate Christmas with food, fun, and laughs! Our hostess generously donated a few wrapped gifts so we could play the game called “Christmas with the Right Family”. Although I’ve played various versions of this game, I always enjoy it. It is one of those games that is never the same twice.

Before playing the game, you will need to decide how many gifts you are going to include in the game. This game can be played as a gift exchange where everyone brings a gift and everyone receives a gift OR it can be played with just a few gifts. We played this game with a group of 14 people and about 7 gifts. If you play with fewer gifts than people, then not everyone ends up with a gift. This might not be the best idea if you are playing with children. The game could also be played with wrapped candy bars, small bags of treats or party favors, and much more. It really makes exchanging gifts fun!!!

To begin, someone will need to be responsible for reading the story, Christmas with the Right Family. The guests should be sitting in a tight circle or at a narrow table (one that can be reached across). Randomly pass out the gifts. Explain to the guests that everytime they hear the word right, they pass the gift to the right. Everytime they hear the word left, they pass to the left. And when they hear the word across, they pass the gift directly across the table. When the story ends, the gift each person is holding is the gift he/she opens and keeps!

Christmas with the Right Family

Christmas was almost here and Mother RIGHT was in the kitchen finishing the Christmas baking as Sue RIGHT was ACROSS the room decorating cookies.

Father RIGHT and Billy RIGHT returned from their last-minute Christmas errands ACROSS town at the mall.

“There’s not much LEFT to be done,” said Father RIGHT as he walked ACROSS the kitchen to eat one of Sue’s cookies.

“Did you leave the basket of food at the church ACROSS town with A CROSS on top?” asked Mother RIGHT.

“I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to,” said Father RIGHT.

Bill RIGHT walked ACROSS the room to get a cookie too, “I’m glad my shopping is done,” he said, “I don’t have any money LEFT.”

“And pretty soon there won’t be any cookies LEFT!” Sue said laughing.

The hall telephone rang and Sue RIGHT LEFT to answer it.

She rushed back and told the family, “Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT‘s porch!  I’ll go over there RIGHT now and get it!” she said and LEFT in a rush to go ACROSS the street to Grandma RIGHT‘s house.

Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree and set it up ACROSS from the fireplace.

By the time Sue RIGHT had returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT were trimming the tree.

The entire RIGHT family sang Christmas carols while they decorated.  Then they hung CROSS on the top branch.

They LEFT all the presents under the tree and went ACROSS the room to admire the twinkling lights.

As they drifted off to sleep that night, the RIGHT family hoped that they had selected all the RIGHT presents for their family.

Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that’s all that is LEFT of our story!

Except to wish you a Merry Christmas… isn’t that RIGHT??

Click below for a printable version of the game!!



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