Here is a fun table or parlor game for friends and family members of all ages.
- Purchase a small gift for each person who is playing (I usually buy at the dollar store). Wrap and put all of them into a little basket or gift bag.
- Have each person select a gift and hold onto it (without opening it) till after the game is over.
- Tell them you will read a story and every time you say the word RIGHT they should pass their gift to the right. And every time you say the word LEFT they should pass their gift to the left. It can get quite funny and confusing when the story moves along with the words LEFT and RIGHT coming faster and faster.
- When you conclude the story give your guests 30 seconds to open the gift they’re holding at that moment and exchange with someone else if they wish to.
Christmas was almost here and Mother RIGHT was finishing the holiday baking. Father RIGHT, Sue RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last-minute holiday errands.
“There’s not much LEFT to be done,” said Father RIGHT as he walked into the kitchen.
“Did you leave the basket of food at church?” asked Mother RIGHT.
“I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to,” said Father RIGHT.
“I’m glad my shopping is done,” said Billy RIGHT. “I don’t have any money LEFT.”
The telephone rang and Susan RIGHT LEFT to answer it. She rushed back and told the family, “Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT’S porch. I’ll go over there RIGHT now and pick up the package, and Grandma RIGHT,” she said as she LEFT in a rush.
Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree. He placed it in the stand in the family room.
By the time Susan RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun trimming the tree. The entire RIGHT family, including Grandma RIGHT, sang carols as they finished the decorating.
Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the RIGHT gifts for each other.
Now I hope you have the RIGHT gift for yourself because that’s all that’s LEFT of our story except to wish you a Merry Christmas. Isn’t that RIGHT?
Celebrate with Christmas cookies and eggnog or cider. Enjoy!