Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

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SO… do you want to build a snowman? No? The kids might if there’s snow on the ground. You can use old clothes to decorate the snowmen. This activity should take about 45 minutes to do. If you want to, you can also turn it into a contest.

Materials Needed:

  1. over a foot of fresh snow on the the ground
  2. About 4-6 hats
  3. About 4-6 scarves
  4. About 4-6 carrots
  5. About 4-6 long branched for the arms or cleaning materials with a long handle such as a broom
  6. Optional: snow dye or rocks for decoration

Instructions:

Break the kids up into teams 0f 3-4 and have them work together to create snowman. Once everyone is done, have them talk about their snowman: his/her name, hobbies, and profession. Don’t forget to take their pictures!

Finish the Song Christmas Carol Game

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!… I forget what lyrics come next. I usually end up humming the next part because I can never remember what comes next.

Hopefully, your party guests will be able to remember what lyric comes next in this party game. There are different ways that you can play this game. You can play as the ultimate host and ask everyone for the next lyric. You can divide everyone into 2 teams, put the song cards in a bowl and see how many one team can go through in a minute. You would switch sides as soon as a minute is up and repeat until all of the song cards are gone. The last way to play is to divide everyone up into teams or families. Then the teams can use a sound effect on a group member’s phone or electronic device to buzz in and answer a question.

If you really want to go all out, then you should consider playing the music and freezing it to ask what the next line of the song is.

Materials Needed:

  1. cards with the song line leading up to the song and the missing lyric on it
  2. music (optional)

Songs for the Game:

The part that is in bold is the missing lyrics. Don’t say them out loud!

  1. Dashing through the snow / In a one horse open sleigh/ O’er the fields we go/ Laughing all the way
  2. Bells on bob tails ring/ making spirits bright/ What fun it is to laugh and sing / a sleighing song tonight
  3. Oh what fun it is to rife/ In a one horse open sleigh
  4. You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen / you know Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen / But do you recall / the most famous reindeer of all
  5. All of the other reindeer / Used to laugh and call him names / They never let poor Rudolph / Join in any reindeer games
  6. Then one foggy Christmas Eve / Santa came to say / Rudolph with your nose so bright / Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight
  7. Then how all of the reindeer loved him / As they shouted out with glee / Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer / you’ll go down in history
  8. Silent night, Holy night / All is calm, all is bright / Round yon virgin, mother and child / Holy infant, tender and mild
  9. Joy to the world, the Lord is come! / Let Earth receive her king
  10. He rules the world with truth and grace / And makes the nations prove
  11. Sleigh bells ring / Are you listening? / In the lane / Snow is glistening
  12. A beautiful sight / We’re happy tonight / Walking in a winter wonderland
  13. In the meadow we can build a snowman / And pretend that he is Parson Brown
  14. Gone away is the blue bird / Here to stay is a new bird
  15. The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay / The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay
  16. Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell rock / Jingle bells swing and jingle bells ring / Snowing and blowing in bushels of fun / Now the jingle hop has begun
  17. What a bright time / It’s the right time / To rock the night away
  18. You better watch out / You better not cry / You better not pout / I’m telling you why / (Santa Claus is coming to town)
  19. He’s making a list / He’s checking it twice / He’s gonna find out / Who’s naughty or nice 
  20. He sees you when you’re sleeping / He knows when you’re awake / He knows if you’re been bad or good / So be good for goodness sake
  21. For every year this Christmas tree / Brings us such joy and glee / Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree / Such pleasure do you bring me!
  22. O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant / O come ye O come ye to Bethlehem / Come and behold him born the King of Angels / O come let us adore him Christ the Lord
  23. Rocking around the Christmas tree / Have a happy holiday / Everyone’s dancing merrily / In a new old fashioned way
  24. Rocking around the Christmas tree / Let the Christmas spirit ring / Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie / And we’ll do some caroling
  25. O star of wonder, star of night / Star of royal beauty bright / Westward leading, still proceeding / Guide us to thy perfect light
  26. I’m dreaming of a white Christmas / Just like the ones I used to know (or also acceptable is: With every Christmas card I write)
  27. Oh the weather outside if frightful / But the fire is so delightful / And since we’ve got no place to go / Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!
  28. When we finally kiss goodnight / How I’ll hate going out in the storm!
  29. What child is this, who laid to rest / On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
  30. Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul / With a corncob pipe and a button nose / And two eyes made out of coal
  31. There must have been some magic / In that old silk hat they found / For when they placed it on his head / He began to dance around
  32. The first Noel, the angels did say / Was certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
  33. Said the night wind to the little lamb, / “Do you see what I see?” / Way up in the sky, little lamb, / Do you see what I see?”
  34. Silver bells / Silver bells / It’s Christmas time in the city
  35. Come on it’s lovely weather / For a sleigh ride together with you
  36. Hark! The herald angels sing / Glory to the newborn king
  37. On the first day of Christmas / My true love sent to me / A partridge in a pear tree
  38. On the third day of Christmas / My true love sent to me / Three French hens / Two turtle doves / And a partridge in a pear tree
  39. Here comes Santa Claus / Here comes Santa Claus / Right down Santa Claus lane
  40. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas / Everywhere you go
  41. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire / Jack frost nipping at your nose
  42. They know that Santa’s on his way / He’s loaded lots of toys and goodies on his sleigh / And every mother’s child is gonna spy / To see if reindeer really know how to fly
  43. Grandma got run over by a reindeer / Walking home from our house Christmas Eve
  44. You can say there’s no such thing as Santa / But as for me and Grandpa, we believe
  45. Good king Wenceslas looked out / On feast of Stephan / When the snow lay round about / Deep and crisp and even
  46. Good tidings we bring / to you and your kin / Good tidings for Christmas / and a Happy New Year!
  47. I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus / Underneath the mistletoe last night
  48. God rest you merry gentlemen / Let nothing you dismay / Remember Christ our Savior / Was born on Christmas Day
  49. I’ll be home for Christmas / You can count on me / Please have snow and mistletoe / And presents under the tree
  50. Christmas Eve will find me / Where the love lights gleams / I’ll be home for Christmas / If only in my dreams
  51.  I want to share your kisses for Christmas / The rest is only tinsel and show / You’re all I want, my darling / By candle glow and mistletoe 

December Holidays Trivia

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There a bunch of different holidays that happen throughout December. You can pick the ones relevant to what you and your friends celebrate or try your luck at many different questions. The easy, medium, and hard questions are relative to what you celebrate. As usual, the trivia questions have been written out in multiple choice format.

Materials Needed:

You need a sheet of paper with all of the questions on it.

Sample Questions:

Easy

  1. What does Christmas celebrate?
    • A) Birth of Jesus
    • B) Death of Jesus
    • C) Resurrection of Jesus
    • D) The life of Jesus
  2. What is primarily eaten on Hanukkah?
    • A) pasta
    • B) fried foods
    • C) uncooked vegetables
    • D) any food that could be easily found in the desert
  3. Why does Hanukkah last 8 days?
    • A) Because 8 is a typical, holy number
    • B) 8 is a lucky number
    • C) There was a miracle that lasted 8 days
    • D) The struggle to take back the temple lasted 8 days
  4. What does Kwanzaa celebrate?
    • A) the harvest
    • B) birth of a leader
    • C) unity of a people
    • D) African culture and identity
  5. What does Christmas mark in other Christian cultures around the world?
    • A) the day Jesus realized he was the son of G-d
    • B) the day that Jesus died
    • C) the day Jesus was born
    • D) the day that Mary and Joseph made it safely to Bethleham
  6. Why are the colors of Hanukkah blue, white, and gold?
    • A) It’s a pretty design
    • B) It’s the colors of Israel and gold represents light
    • C) It represents the sky
    • D) It represents the Maccabees
  7. What animal does Santa use to power his sleigh?
    • A) Penguins
    • B) Horses
    • C) Reindeer
    • D) Unicorns
  8. What started boxing day?
    • A) the church
    • B) the banks
    • C) the government
    • D) the factories
  9. What sport was traditionally done in England on boxing day?
    • A) Boxing
    • B) Fox hunting
    • C) Relay races
    • D) Ice skating
  10. According to legend, how often does Santa check his naughty and nice list?
    • A) Never
    • B) Once
    • C) Twice
    • D) Thrice
  11. What Holiday was not created in order to compete with Christmas/ advance the group’s own culture?
    • A) Pancha Ganapati
    • B) Kwanza
    • C) Newtonmass
    • D) Hanukkah

Medium

  1. Who was the director of “Home Alone”?
    • A) Chris Columbus
    • B) Wes Anderson
    • C) Martin Scorsese
    • D) Steven Speilberg
  2. In which country is the showing of “Home Alone” considered a national, traditional Christmas movie?
    • A) United States
    • B) Canada
    • C)Poland
    • D) Italy
  3. Which famous Christmas movie did the costume designers from “Elf” base the elf uniforms on?
    • A) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    • B) The Santa Clause
    • C) Spongebob Sqaurepants Christmas Special
    • D) Home Alone
  4. Which country was the first to include Santa Clause into their Christmas traditions?
    • A) England
    • B) Germany
    • C) Russia
    • D)The Netherlands
  5. Which of the following words isn’t on the Driedel?
    • A) shalom
    • B) Shin
    • C) Gimmel
    • D) Nun
  6. What type of oil was used for the original menorah?
    • A) Linseed oil
    • B) Canola Oil
    • C) Olive Oil
    • D) Vegetable Oil
  7. What year was kwanzaa first celebrated in the United States?
    • A) 1865
    • B) 1927
    • C) 1947
    • D) 1966
  8. What does Kwanzaa translate into in English?
    • A) Winter’s peak
    • B) First fruits of the harvest
    • C) Candle light
    • D) Shared time
  9. Why are there 7 days of Kwanzaa?
    • A) it corresponds to days in a week
    • B) it corresponds with the 7 principal crops
    • C) it corresponds with the 7 founders of the holidays
    • D) it corresponds with the 7 principles of the holiday
  10. In what country were candy canes invented?
    • A) Germany
    • B) England
    • C) the United States
    • D) Israel
  11. Why were candy canes bent to be their now iconic shape?
    • A) It looks like a ‘J’ for Jesus
    • B) It looks like a shepherd’s tool
    • C) The candy naturally curves this way while cooling
    • D) The shape made it easier to decorate trees with
  12. Which Christmas song was written by someone who was christian?
    • A) “White Christmas”
    • B) “I’ll be home for Christmas”
    • C) “All I want for Christmas”
    • D) “The Christmas Waltz”
  13. Which Christmas song was written by someone who was christian?
    • A) “The Christmas Waltz”
    • B) “Silver bells”
    • C) “Winter Wonderland”
    • D) “The First Noel”
  14. Which Christmas song was written by someone who was christian?
    • A) “Little Drummer Boy”
    • B) “Santa Baby”
    • C) “Sleigh Ride”
    • D) “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”
  15. What was boxing day’s old name before it renamed?
    • A) Day of boxes
    • B) St. Stephan’s Day
    • C) The tweflth day of Christmas
    • D) New Year’s start
  16. What does Pancha Ganapati celebrate?
    • A) The birth of Jesus
    • B) The start of winter
    • C) The Hindu god Ganesha
    • D) The creation of a new world
  17. How long does Pancha Ganapati last?
    • A) One day
    • B) Two days
    • C) Four days
    • D) Five days

Hard

  1. Who was supposed to be the mastermind behind the wet behinds in “Home Alone” in the original script?
    • A) Harry
    • B) Marv
    • C) Uncle Frank
    • D) Kevin’s father
  2. Which fast food restaurant is so popular to eat at in Japan on Christmas that people have to call in advance in order to get service?
    • A) Wendy’s
    • B) KFC
    • C) McDonald’s
    • D) Dominoes
  3. What classic 90’s cartoon had a Hanukkah special?
    • A) Rocco’s Modern Life
    • B) Spongebob
    • C) Ah! Real Monsters
    • D) Rugrats
  4. In “Home Alone 2,” the audience got to see the bill for all of the room service that he had ordered. What was something that Kevin didn’t order?
    • A) six chocolate mousses
    • B) three packages of chocolate turtles
    • C) Six custard flans
    • D) 36 chocolate covered strawberries
  5. What real life toy store was Duncan’s toy store based off of?
    • A) Toys R Us
    • B) Dinosaur Hill
    • C) FAO Schwartz
    • D) Kidding Around
  6. Which of the following Holidays isn’t in December?
    • A) National Cookie Day
    • B) National Gazpacho Day
    • C) National Cotton Candy Day
    • D) National Talk like a Pirate Day
  7. Who brought the tradition of decorating evergreen trees to England and eventually into American culture?
    • A) Prince Albert
    • B) Jesus himself
    • C) Otto Von Bismark
    • D) Myles Standish
  8. What company is responsible for creating Santa’s now iconic red and white outfit?
    • A) Macy’s
    • B) Coca-Cola
    • C) Ford
    • D) The Dutch East India Trading Company
  9. When were Christmas traditions as they’re now commonly celebrated (with carols, decorated trees, gift giving, and a more commercial influence) begin?
    • A) 0 AD
    • B) the 1000’s
    • C) the 1800’s
    • D) the 1900’s
  10. Which of the following isn’t a name for Santa Clause in another country?
    • A) Gaghant Baba
    • B) Sinterklaas
    • C) Papai Noel
    • D) Papa Epiphany 

Crazy Christmas Hat Party

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Everyone has ugly Christmas sweater parties nowadays. If you want something different and exciting, you should try having a crazy Christmas hat party! Just tell everyone to wear the craziest holiday hat that they can find. There are some pretty crazy options out there. This activity will cost you whatever your crazy hat will cost plus the cost of whatever a couple of prizes will be for you party.

Materials Needed:

  1.  crazy hats
  2. awards

Sample Hat Awards:

  1. Craziest Hat Award
  2. Flashiest Hat Award
  3. Cutest Hat Award
  4. Most Warm Hat Award
  5. Best Hat Award
  6. Hat Most Influenced by Eggnogg Intake Award
  7. Best Ugly Sweater even though this was a Hat Award