May you and yours have yourselves a very
- Charlie Brown Christmas
- A Christmas Story
- Christmas In Connecticut
- Home Alone
- It’s A Wonderful Life
- Love Actually
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
- The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The Grinch
- The Holiday
- The Muppet Christmas Carol
- The Santa Claus
- A Gift to Remember ( Hallmark Channel)
- With Love, Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
- The Christmas Train (Hallmark Channel)
- Switched For Christmas (Hallmark Channel)
- Christmas Next Door (Hallmark Channel)
- Happy Christmas (Netflix)
- Bad Santa 1 & 2 (Netflix)
- Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas (Netflix)
- Are We There Yet? (Netflix)
- A Christmas Kiss (Netflix)
- Holiday Baggage (Netflix)
- Legend of Frosty The Snowman (Netflix)
- Believe (Netflix)
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Netflix)
- Merry Me For Christmas (Netflix)
- Twelve Dates of Christmas (Netflix)
We’ve all been there: You’re at a party that’s just not quite delivering on the entertainment front. Great food and festive decor can only do so much when your guests are ending up stuck in the same circles of conversation. Before people start awkwardly glancing down at their phones, mix up the mingling at your next party with these super fun adult-friendly games that are sure to break the ice. Your guests will thank you.
Left, Center, Right
All you need for this game is a pair of regular dice (though you can buy dice specifically made for this game at Walmart. Start each person around the table off with five one-dollar bills—or five pieces of candy for a less financially risky game—then have one person at a time roll the dice.
The rest is simple: The amount you keep depends on the numbers you roll. One is left, two is right, and three is center—all other numbers mean you keep the amount you currently have. If you roll ‘left’, pass your dollars to the person on your left and if you roll ‘right’, to the person on your right. If you roll ‘center’, add your money to the pot. The person with the last dollar at the end wins the whole pot.
The Newlywed Game: Family and Friends Edition
Test your knowledge of your family and friends by mixing up this classic game. Start by pairing off family members and having them sit back to back. For each question asked by the “host”, the pairs must quickly write down what they think the other will answer. The two that get the most answers correct win.
Bobbing for Liquor
Forgo Granny Smith apples and instead purchase a variety of (nips) single-serving size bottles of liquor, placing them into a bucket filled with water. When someone pulls a small bottle out of the water with their teeth, they have to drink it.
If you’re a stickler for tradition and would prefer to use the traditional apples, carve a number into the sides of the fruits before putting them into the bucket of water. When someone pulls out the apple, they have to take that number of shots.
Name That Tune
Test even the best music buffs by choosing an obscure Spotify playlist and having one person be the DJ. Split off into two teams and see who can name the most songs after just a few seconds of listening. Extra points for the ones that know the artist and album.
We have to give credit to our favorite talks show host Ellen for this awesome game idea. She turned it into an app, but you can play it on your own by having everyone sit in a circle and write down a person, place, or thing on a sticky note. Fold the notes in half, then place them into a bowl. One by one, each person picks a note from the bowl and without looking, sticks it onto their forehead. The person to the left has to to use clues to get the first person to guess what is on their head.
Fill the Pumpkin
While the pumpkin makes this game perfect for Halloween, it can easily be adapted to any holiday by simply switching up the vessel. The game works best if everyone is drinking different kinds of drinks, because then the penalty for having to drink from the pumpkin is that much worse. The first step is to find a plastic container that doesn’t leak, then spread a deck of cards facing down around the pumpkin.
Next, assign different rules to different cards; for example, each person who draws a Jack can make up a dare and each person who draws a King can make someone drink. For every Four and Eight that’s drawn, the person who selects them must pour a bit of their drink into the pumpkin. Anyone who draws an Ace automatically drinks whatever is in the pumpkin. Good luck!
Please drink and behave responsibly.
The holidays, especially the first ones after losing a loved one, are especially difficult for people who are grieving. Often, friends and family members of those affected by a loss are unsure how to act or what to say to support their grieving loved one during the holidays.
There is also a point of when the ones grieving are unsure how to act as well. They may feel they shouldn’t laugh or feel joyful, due to feeling as if they are disrespecting their loved one that has passed away. On the first holiday after my mom passed away, we still shared presents, and ate large meals, but it was all pretty subdued.
Below are a few suggestions that may help you or someone you know who is grieving cope with the holidays:
Start a new tradition. During a holiday dinner, place a lighted candle on the dinner table, leave an empty chair, or say a few words of remembrance.
Change the celebration. Go out to dinner instead of planning an elaborate meal at home. Or schedule a trip with friends.
Express your needs. People who are grieving may find it hard to participate in all the festivities or may need to let go of unsatisfying traditions. It’s all right to tell people you just aren’t up to it right now or to change plans at the last minute.
Help someone else. It may also help to volunteer through a charitable or religious organization. Make a donation to a favorite cause in memory of the person who died.
Listen. If he or she wants to talk about the deceased loved one or feelings associated with the loss, LISTEN. Active listening from friends is an important step to helping him or her heal. Don’t worry about being conversational…. just listen.
Give yourself time. The grieving process doesn’t neatly conclude at the six-month or one-year mark. Depending on the strength of the bond that was broken, grief can be life-long. Nevertheless, grief does usually soften and change over time. Never tell someone that he or she should be “over it.” Instead, give the person hope that, eventually, he or she will enjoy the holidays again.
The Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students “How much do you think this glass weighs?”
’50gms!’….. ‘100gms!’ …..’125 gms’ …the students answered. “I really don’t know unless I weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my question is:
What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?”…. ‘Nothing’ …..the students said..‘Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?’ the professor asked.
‘Your arm would begin to ache’ said one of the student
“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”
“Your arm could go numb; you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to hospital for sure!”
….. Ventured another student & all the students laughed
But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?” Asked the professor.
‘No’…. Was the answer.
“Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?”
The students were puzzled.
“What should I do now to come out of pain?” asked professor again.
“Put the glass down!” said one of the students
“Exactly!” said the professor.
Life’s problems are something like this.
Hold it for a few minutes in your head & they seem OK.
Think of them for a long time & they begin to ache.
Hold it even longer & they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.
It’s important to think of the challenges or problems in your life, But EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is to ‘PUT THEM DOWN’ at the end of every day before you go to sleep…
That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh &strong & can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!
So, when you start your day today, Remember friend to ‘PUT THE GLASS DOWN TODAY! ‘
The holidays can be a very stressful time for many. Here’s some soothing tunes from Kenny G to hopefully help get you through it all.