In my upcoming release, ELEANORA (Book #8 in the Widows of Wildcat Ridge series), the heroine, Eleanora Cavender, is tasked with organizing a scavenger hunt for the town’s July 4th celebration. The widows have suffered terrible losses after mine explosions, and the mayor believes a scavenger hunt would improve morale and be fun for the widows.
Eleanora is not exactly enamored with the idea. The whole thing feels frivolous, she resists such a big responsibility, and she’s at a loss for ideas.
However, the hero, Reed Shannon, loves the challenge of a good game. Strategy excites him. And in the end, quite unexpectedly, he finds the perfect prize for Eleanora’s scavenger hunt.
I have a large family, and this year, we are making a HUGE break from tradition in that we are forgoing a gift exchange. Instead, we’ll spend the evening playing games.
Here’s a few of our favorites throughout the years.
- Actually, this will be a new one for us this year. The Saran Wrap game where trinkets (candy, small toys, money) are wrapped up in a big Saran Wrap ball. Whoever can peel away the Saran Wrap before time is up gets the prize. Can’t wait to do this one!
- Sequence – and old favorite. Players use cards and chips to get five in a row. Sounds easy? It’s all about the strategy.
- Tripoley – remember this one? Uses cards and chips to play several games – Rummy, Hearts, or Poker. We spent hours and hours playing this one growing up.
- Spoons – put your spoons in the middle of a table, get a deck of cards and try to get four of a kind. Fast-paced and easy.
- Pictionary – draw a picture of the word on a card and have a team guess what the word is. No words or gestures can be used. Hilarious because, well, most people can’t draw well.
- Family Trivia Game – my brother has accumulated interesting facts from our childhood for years. Talk about a trip down memory lane. Great fun for us older kids who lived it. Great fun for the younger ones to hear about it.
Of course, I can go on and on, but these are just a few games that will keep you laughing and enjoying time together, adults and kids alike.
How about your family? Are you game-players? Will you gather around the table or floor and challenge each other this Christmas? What’s your favorite game?
Please share what kind of fun your family enjoys, and I’ll pick a winner for a $5 Amazon gift card!