Fun and games for your holidays

We're all about putting the meaning in the greening. But most often, present opening and eating are the centerpieces of Christmas. This year, when the gifts and edibles might be a little on the slim side due to the economy, why not focus the family on fun activities that everyone can enjoy and that cost the Earth nothing? 

Yesterday, we had a gathering filled with giggles and gaffaws that was simple to put together and required nothing more on the food side than cider, popcorn, fruit and organic candy canes to keep our strength up!

We played a bunch of games that involved everyone from five to ??? starting with "Searching Spoons." The premise is simple. You cover the eyes of the person who is "it." Then she tries to figure out who she is touching using only two serving spoons. (Make sure people know each other well before trying this game.) "It" can spin around a few times or the other players can move around until "it" says "Stop!" At that point, she beings using the spoons to identify the first person she runs into. Caution youngsters to be gentle with the spoons. Try to keep the little ones from giving themselves away by laughing, but we promise, you won't succeed. With adults, it's actually a lot more difficult than you might imagine, to identify the person being spooned.

Another game everyone enjoyed was trying to discover objects that had been stuffed into two socks and tied closed with a ribbon. We divided into teams and had five minutes to figure out by feeling each object, what was inside each sock and write everything down. Furrowed brows, funny guesses, added up to fun!

Laugh yourself silly when you try to pick up cotton balls on the end of your nose and deposit it in a bowl. Use a dab of Un-petroleum Jelly choose teams and race to see whose bowl fills up fastest!

If these are not your style, just check the internet for "family Christmas games," and no doubt you'll find something that will get your giggle meter rising!

Know any fun, family games? Tell us about them.


Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are a mother-daughter team and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at

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