"I will hold Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." - Charles Dickens.
An Acrostic poem provided a simple framework to write a poem. The first letter of each line of the poem starts with the letter running down the page:
For all Christmas
See if you can write one using the following written down the page:
Get at least 6-8 friends (preferably more). One person writes a message about Christmas. At least 3 sentences. S/he then places this in an envelope. S/he then passes message to next person, and so on. The final person has to relay the message. Check envelope to see if the message is the same.
Children have to find Christmassy treasures, like mince pies, or bon bons. An organizer makes up a series of clues, and gives players the first clue. This could be "Go to the place where a lot is spoken." (telephone). At this place there is a clue for the next clue and so until the treasure is found.
Carol singing from house to house
Before the modern postal system, Carols were one of the only methods of sending a Christmas greeting to somebody else. It is still a very popular custom in many countries.
Either on Christmas Eve, or a few days before have a family reading - uncles, aunts, cousins, family friends and everyone must read at least one favorite poem, story or passage from the bible. This includes the dog and cat (somebody can read an extra one for them).
Make a Manger
Find a large cardboard box and some scissors and glue. Get some straw, and branches for the floor. Then using pipecleaner and plasticine make the Nativity figures.
Write your own Christmas play.
Alternatively, you could make one with Santa Claus, Rudolph and Frosty - maybe they get lost, maybe Rudolph gets drunk on whisky left out, or it is raining hard.
Capture the star
In Alaska people play a Christmas game where they dress up as the Three Kings and their servants and carry a star from house to house singing carols. Other children dress up as Herod's soldiers and try to capture the star.
At least 12 people sit in a circle. Take turns in singing a verse of The Twelve Days Of Christmas. Each person had to add a new line and remember all that went before. When someone makes a mistake they are out. Keep going on and on, until there is one person left. This person wins a prize.
In Victorian times, before television and the Internet, no Christmas Day was complete without a game of charades. This involves acting out words or phrases and the others have to guess.
Pass the Parcel
Get some small Christmassy gift. Maybe mince pies, little toys, little teddy bears. Wrap them up. Seat at least 5-6 people in a circle. Play some music, as the music is playing pass the parcel. A blindfolded person should then stop the music at random. The person with the present when the music stops wins the present.
Imagine that there has been a movie made of Santa's epic journey from the North Pole. Select the actor you would like to play Santa - maybe Tom Cruise, Marlon Brando? Draw up some pictures and also write how many stars you would give the movie, what it is about, and the rating, ie General.
Tongue Twister: (repeat 20 times really fast)
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