Whether your holiday party is big or small, it’s always so much fun to play a game. The game that I want to tell you about has many name variations, Left-Right Christmas game, Christmas Left Right game, Right Left game, or Left Right Gift Exchange.
Regardless of its name, Christmas Left Right games are always lively, easy to play at any table, and only require one gift per table. As far as Christmas games go, this is one of my family’s favorites.
If you are looking for a fun gift game in addition to or instead of Secret Santa or a white elephant gift exchange, you need to check out the Right Left Christmas game. Everyone at your holiday gathering will love this present game!
It’s basically a gift passing game. The host will read the story and at every RIGHT, LEFT or ACROSS, the guests will pass the gift accordingly. We added ACROSS to our story to make it a little bit more exciting and fun than just right and left.
We’ve played this game many times at our church’s Advent dinner and it’s always a winner. We try to change the story from year to year to keep it fresh. But if you change it, don’t make it too complicated. We had one year where we tried to add UP and DOWN (passing the gift to another table) and it just was too much and people lost track quickly. We almost did not make it to the end of the story.
The free printable (available at the bottom of this post) comes with the full story. It is editable so you’ll be able to customize it with your own silliness and if you want to make it your own story. Maybe you want to include something about a “wink of his left eye” or “to the right of the tiny reindeer” or “the left hand of St. Nicholas.”
Or maybe you want to incorporate the Nativity story into your Left Right Gift Exchange. You can creatively weave in King Herod, the town of Bethlehem, wise men and so many more.
There is no wrong or right story as long as you include enough (but not too many) changes in direction.
This funny Christmas Left Right and Across game is just as fun with the family as it is with a big crowd. If you have a table for little kids, plan one gift for them too. With a little guidance, this is a great way for them to practice left and right.
How to Play the Left Right Christmas Game
- Set one wrapped gift in the middle of the table and have one person pick it up (youngest or oldest)
- The host then reads the story slowly, making sure to emphasize every RIGHT, LEFT and ACROSS.
- When the story ends, the person with the gift in their hands gets to keep it.
This game has everyone on the edge of their seats listening for the verbal cues. It might just become your favorite Christmas tradition.
This Christmas part game cuts out the need for lots of gifts or the chance that people will get their own gifts. Plus the story is a fun way to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
Gift Ideas for the Left Right Christmas Game
Let’s talk about gifts for your Christmas party game. I recommend making the gift match the group.
The family would probably enjoy a laid-back gift like a movie night knit. You can fill a cute popcorn box with candy bars, a new movie, and packets of popcorn and hot chocolate. Wrap the whole thing in cellophane and you’ve got a gift worth winning! You can easily print popcorn boxes from my shop.
If you have a kids’ game going, they’d likely appreciate a bundle of toys.
If you are pulling together a corporate party, you’ll want a nice, expensive gift. Remember, a company party is a gesture of employee appreciation and can help boost morale. An iPad or Beats headphones might be nice.
An easy gift for this occasion is a loaded gift card. Starbucks or Amazon would likely be desirable. You can find an adorable gift card holder in my shop. Just print, fold, and you’re ready for the game.
A Christmas party with friends would likely be a fun occasion for a nice bottle of wine. You could even go the extra mile and create a French Mulled Wine kit so they can easily enjoy this delicious recipe, which is perfect for Christmas time. I brought an amazing recipe from France which you can find in my blog.
When you’re planning your Christmas or Christmas Eve party, don’t forget to also plan to have photo booth props to create tons of silly, memorable pictures from the holiday season and keep your guests entertained.
I would love to hear how your family and friends loved the Lift Right Gift Exchange! Please share in the comments.
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