Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Left-Right Gift Exchange Game

Written by, Bernadyn Nettles

Many of you will be going to holiday parties or hosting a party of your own during the holidays. One of the games we played was a Christmas left-right gift passing game in which you have a wrapped, gender-neutral gift to pass around in a circle from left to right while a Christmas story is being read aloud. When the story ends, the person holding the gift gets to keep it and open it. We played it one year when we hosted at our home and it was a lot of fun. We played with kids and adults together and everyone was laughing the whole time.

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Instructions for the Left-Right Pass It On Game:

The rules are really simple:

Everyone participating sits in a circle with one gift (or everyone can have a gift to exchange), and as the story is read, the person holding the gift passes it to the right or left, following the story's directions.

The last person holding the gift keeps the gift or if everyone has a gift, then you should each end up with another person's gift.

Other Ideas to Use As Gifts:

If you're playing with kids, you can also try using little treats or prizes like candy canes, a stuffed animal, a book, stocking stuffers, coloring books, a Christmas-themed ball, etc.

For adults, you can use a box of cookies or other baked goods, a gift card, a bottle of wine, or a gift basket filled with food.

Now, I found this actual story for the game a few years ago that is based on the Nativity Story, so I have no idea where it originated. I'm sure it's been around for a long time! Feel free to print it out.

Try it out and let me know if you have another story you have used to play the game with. This is a super fun way to give out a gift during a party.


******Start of story******

In those days, Caesar Augustus decided to count everyone LEFT living in the whole Roman world. Joseph LEFT, taking Mary with him RIGHT to his town of Bethlehem to register.

When they arrived, there were no rooms LEFT. All of the inns in Bethlehem were RIGHT full. There was just nowhere LEFT for them to stay. Finally, someone offered to let them stay RIGHT in their stable.

Mary was pregnant and while in Bethlehem the RIGHT time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a boy RIGHT there. RIGHT there in a Bethlehem stable, the Savior of the world was born. Mary wrapped him with LEFT over strips of cloth and laid him RIGHT in a manger.

Some shepherds who lived RIGHT near Bethlehem, were out at night RIGHT in their fields watching over their sheep. RIGHT then, they saw a bright light. The light was so bright that they had to close their eyes.

When they opened them again, a beautiful angel was standing RIGHT in the sky RIGHT above them with his arms LEFT opened wide. The shepherds looked RIGHT at each other and were LEFT feeling very afraid.

Then the angel spoke RIGHT to them. “Do not be afraid. I’m RIGHT here to bring you the good news LEFT for all people. Today RIGHT in Bethlehem a baby has been born, He is the RIGHT one, the one that will save the world. You will know the RIGHT baby because He will be LEFT wrapped in cloths, and laying RIGHT in a manger.”

RIGHT then, a large group of angels appeared RIGHT there, and they said, “Glory to God, and peace be to all people LEFT on the earth.”

The shepherds were LEFT amazed and excited. They had to go RIGHT away to see this baby the angels were talking about.

They LEFT as fast as they could, and soon found Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus RIGHT were they angels said they would be. The shepherds fell RIGHT to their knees when they saw Jesus, and were LEFT filled with joy that they had found the Savior.

They stayed for a short time and then LEFT . As soon as they LEFT they began shouting RIGHT in the streets and telling everyone LEFT in town about what they had seen.

RIGHT after Jesus was born, wise men traveling RIGHT on their camels noticed a very strange star RIGHT in the sky. They knew that the RIGHT One who would save the world had been born.
RIGHT away King Herod got very worried. He assembled all of the important people LEFT in the area and asked them where this baby had been born. The people replied, “RIGHT in Bethlehem.”

RIGHT then King Herod called the wise men to meet with him RIGHT away. He asked them to go and find the child RIGHT away. “RIGHT as soon as you find Him,” he said, “ tell me, so that I can go to Him RIGHT away and worship Him.”

After the wise men spoke to the King, they LEFT to find the baby. They didn’t know RIGHT where the He was, but followed the star LEFT in the east until it hung RIGHT over the place where Jesus was. When they found Jesus, and they bowed RIGHT down and worshiped him.

RIGHT after that, they opened the gifts they had brought Jesus… gold, frankincense and myrrh. Then they LEFT to find a place to sleep for the night.

That night the wise men all had the same dream RIGHT as they were sleeping. They were not to go RIGHT back and tell King Herod where they had found Jesus. King Herod wanted to kill Jesus because he was jealous of Him.

So, the wise men LEFT for home another way so that Herod would not know the RIGHT direction they had come from. They also decided RIGHT then that they would not tell King Herod anything about what they had seen.

When the wise men LEFT , an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Arise, take Jesus and Mary, and run RIGHT to Egypt. Joseph got up RIGHT away and woke up Mary. She quickly picked Jesus RIGHT up and they LEFT in the middle of the night for Egypt where they would be safe.
RIGHT after King Herod died an angel appeared again RIGHT away to Joseph and told him to go RIGHT to a place called Nazareth. And that’s RIGHT where Jesus grew up.

******End of story******

I looked up some more gift passing games like this and found another story to use that I thought was cute. It's from one of my favorite Christmas stories since I was a child, the popular, "Twas the Night Before Christmas" tale.

Do you like playing games like this at Christmas parties? What other games do you like to play during the holidays?

Pass this game on to a friend who would enjoy it!


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