Christmas Games for Kids; 5 to Occupy Them & Save Your Sanity

Julie Ryan Evans

Candy Cane HuntThere are only 10 days left until Christmas, and you may be panicking ever so slightly majorly. There's so much left to do, and as of Friday, most kids are on holiday break from school for a couple of weeks. While they're excited, many moms have visions of children hyped up on sugar cookies and Christmas cheer driving us bonkers on those long-unfilled days. (Or is that just me?) The key to survival and sanity, however, is preparation, and having a list of  Christmas games on hand is a good place to start.

Whether you're planning a party or just want keep your kids from shaking the presents under the tree for the billionth time, here are a few fun and festive games to try:

Candy Cane Relay

If the weather outside isn't too frightful, bundle them up and get them running outside with candy canes. Pit teams against one another and have them pass the candy cane when they get back to the starting point. They're sure to run faster if they know the winning team gets to eat the candy.

Reindeer Scavenger Hunt

Make or buy some little reindeer (or Santas or some Christmas-themed item) and hide them all over your house. The person to find the most wins a small prize. The more you hide, the more time they're occupied!

Pin the Nose on Rudolph

Just like the donkey-tail version, only use Rudolph and let kids try to pin on his shiny red nose.

Santa Says

Simon can step aside for the season and let Santa take over. Rules are the same, but instead of "touch your nose," you could try things like, "Santa says pick up your toys." The naughty or nice thing is really powerful this time of year.

Cookie Decorating Contest

You'll have to let your Martha Stewart side go for this one, especially if your kids are young. But if you give them cookies, frosting, and candy, you'll not only be able to check decorating them off your list, but you'll keep the kids busy for hours. The winner gets to eat the cookie of his or her choice.

What are your favorite Christmas games for kids?

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