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Deck the Halls with Holiday Board Games

Ah, the holidays! That time of heightened expectations, when adults become children again and there’s magic in the air. For many of us, this is one of the best times of the year. Visits with family, giving and opening gifts, baking cookies, building snowmen, enjoying an amazing meal (plus all those leftovers!), catching holiday movies on television, and attending religious services make up annual traditions that many of us cherish throughout our lives. And of course, there’s no better time of the year to settle down with a riveting mystery or that nonfiction tome that you picked up to impress Uncle Albert or Great-Aunt Edna.

Christmas Cookies

At least, these things are what I like to imagine will happen when my family gathers to celebrate. But if your family is anything like mine, it becomes less “fun” and more “dysfunctional.” Arguments at the dinner table, meltdowns under the Christmas tree, and tears among the tinsel may make for some interesting family drama, but there’s nothing fun about it. And although reading a great book often provides a means of escape from the hot mess brewing in the kitchen, sometimes that’s just not a viable option.

Luckily, you don’t have to sacrifice storytelling or immersion into a fantasy world to provide a respite from the drama – simply pick up a board game and invite your family members around the table to play. Last Christmas, I watched my family bond over a simple dice game called Zombie Dice, which is something I never would have imagined. But it helped us survive the holidays and perhaps began a new annual tradition. So without further ado, I present to you several winter/holiday-themed games to try with your families. Continue reading Deck the Halls with Holiday Board Games