22 Dec 25 DAYS OF DECEMBER – DAY 22: THE BEST CHRISTMAS PARLOUR/BOARD GAMES
Remember parlour games?
These are terrific for playing with friends and the board games can usually be bought off eBay second hand – or check charity shops. There’s time for Christmas TV but to have a proper family or friends get together, you can’t beat games.
Here are our top four favourite Christmas games, best played with a lovely bottle of wine or perhaps a big box of Booja-Booja truffles:
This one works with a spinner and you move around the board as you get points. You get a word – from categories of Object, Nature, Random, Person, Action and World – and you have to describe it using actions to the other members of your team. You’re on a timer too, it gets loud, especially with alcohol!
This is properly silly. You have to come up with fake answers to questions and see if anyone believes you. After a while you start to get into people’s style (one of my family members always tries to involve sheep in their answers?) – worrying when people you love are utterly convincing at making up plausible sounding stuff!
Anyone else remember playing this when they were a kid? The murderer covertly winks at the other players who fall over dead (making sound effects, obvs). The ‘detective’ has to catch the murderer. When you get to three people left alive the detective must use logic and reason to catch the murderer…intriguing watson.
4. Our Special Christmas Arjuna Game
For this game you need a few Arjunites up in the back office. You all try to do different important Christmas tasks at once, speaking encouragingly out loud to one another. One person should be using a spreadsheet with complex formulae to check. One person should be counting and bagging coins, saying lots of numbers out loud. Another person should be singing some Taylor Swift and another something more like Bob Dylan. The person who manages to complete the Suma Christmas order without killing the other Arjunites wins.
Hope this gives you some good ideas! Please do share if you think anyone else might enjoy this post x