holiday games 

How to Play: Siamese Gift Wrap

Wrap it up! Credit: mattbuck4950, Flickr
What you need: Wrapping paper, tape, scissors, bows and presents or empty boxes.
How to play: Pair up players, and let them know that they will be competing against each other, two pairs at a...
The pair with the best-wrapped present wins.

How to Play: Forcing the City Gates

Celebrate Chinese New Year with this Red Rover-like game. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: All you need is enough children to form two teams of at least four people each.
How to play: In this Chinese New Year variation of Red...
This is the Chinese New Year variation of Red Rover.

How to Play: Knocking the Stick

Knock the stick over the line to win. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Two sticks and chalk for drawing lines.
How to play: Draw two lines with chalk on the ground 8 feet apart. On one of the lines, place one of the sticks. The...
Throwing sticks? What is there not to like about that?

How to Play: Free the Fowl

Free the fowl! Credit: Getty Images What you need: An empty soft drink can, chalk. How to play: In this variation of Kick the Can, one player is "it" and he or she must keep the empty can, which is called Tom, inside a...All you need is an empty soft drink can, chalk.

How to Play: Chopsticks Pass-Along

Use chopsticks to pass items. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A group of children, sets of chopsticks, unshelled walnuts, acorns, cranberries, peas and small plates.
How to play: Give each child a set of chopsticks, an unshelled...
For this game you need a group of children, sets of chopsticks, unshelled walnuts, acorns, cranberries, peas and small plates.

How to Play: Toss the Goodies

Better hurry and collect all the goodies if you want to win! Credit: Matt York, AP
What you need: An old tablecloth or sheet and the goodies: nuts, candies, raisins and fruit.
How to play: The players form a square and hold the...
Toss the goodies in the air and catch as many as you can!

How to Play: Rolling Eggs

On a roll! Credit: AFP/Getty Images
What you need: Chalk and five hard-boiled eggs.
How to play: Mark four parallel lines on the table or floor with chalk -- 8 or 10 feet long, and 4 or 5 inches apart, making three narrow spaces. At...
All you need for this game is a piece of chalk and five hard-boiled eggs.

How to Play: Striking the Stick

Take turns swinging the stick. Credit: Corbis
What you need: A stick, a block and chalk.
How to play: Draw a 5- to 6- foot square on the ground. Place the block in the very center of the square. Players take turns attempting to...
The only time you'll be allowed to play with sticks and hit things.

How to Play: Pass the Bows

Pass the bow while holding hands. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: 12 Christmas bows.
How to play: Teams race to pass the bows from one end of the line to the other, but the tricky part is that they must pass them while holding...
Pass the bow down the line but only while holding the persons hand who is next to you.

How to Play: Snowballs

What will you get in your snowball? Credit: WILLIAM WEST, AFP/Getty Images What you need: Presents, cotton batting and white tissue paper. How to play: In this twist on gift wrapping, place each present inside cotton...A game where getting a snowball thrown at you is a good thing!

How to Play: Shoveling Snow

How many cotton balls can you get on the table? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Vaseline, a bowl for each player, cotton balls and a stop watch.
How to play: Arrange everyone in a circle sitting on their knees or sitting around...
In this game, you use your nose to "shovel snow."

How to Play: Dirty Dice Gift Grabbing Game

Roll to keep -- or swap -- your gift. Credit: Getty Images
What you need: Wrapped gifts, dice and a timer.
How to play: Everyone brings a wrapped gift, which is placed in the middle of the room. Once everyone is seated, have the...
Roll a pair to get your present.

How to Play: Find Santa's Reindeer

Santa's Reindeer. Credit: Patrick Norman, Corbis What you need: You will need nine toy reindeer. You also can make reindeer out of brown construction paper -- don't forget a red nose for Rudolph. How to play: Hide the...Can you find all nine tiny reindeer?

How to Play: Where Are Santa's Clothes?

Can you find all of Santa's clothes? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A Santa doll with removable clothes, paper and pens or pencils.
How to play: Remove and hide the various pieces of Santa's clothing, such as the jacket,...
Find all of Santa's clothes around the room and write down where they are to win!

How to Play: Santa's Christmas Puzzle Mystery

Will you be able to solve the puzzle? Credit: Getty Images
What you need: A camera, pictures, scissors and envelopes.
How to play: Plan where to hide the gifts first, and then take photos of the hiding places. Have photos printed on...
Solve the puzzle and find your gift!

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