Etiquette & superstition: Christmas party games

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Christmas is almost here, friends. Holiday guests will be coming at any moment now, and in between opening presents and eating, you’re going to need to find something for everyone to do. Watching Drunk Aunt Linda get unraveled does not really count as something for everyone to do.

ETIQUETTE: If you’re a Christmas party host, think of something the entire gathering can handle. Cards Against Humanity is not the best choice if you have eight-year-olds in the house, unless you want to explain what felching is to an eight-year-old. Limbo is not a great idea if Nana just got her hip replaced. Try a leisurely walk, or Charades, or that game where everybody has to paste a famous person’s name on their head and figure out who they are by asking questions.

If you’re a guest, you have to take part in the activities that are going on, and do it with a modicum of enthusiasm. Chutes and Ladders is a terrible game and that kid cheats all the time, but you better suck it up and play a round anyway. Practice advanced meditation during the terrible movie everybody else decided they wanted to see. Positively suggest an activity you would think everybody would enjoy instead, but don’t force it. If you can’t be pleasant and accommodating this one time of the year, maybe you should just be by yourself on Christmas. Seriously. Let everybody else have some fun.

SUPERSTITION: A really fun game to play when the yule log is burning is a game you play with the shadows that the flames cast on the walls. Look at the shadows of everybody in the room. The shadows that don’t seem to have any heads attached to them belong to people who are going to die within the next year. Fun!

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