The holiday season draws closer, as the year comes to its end. It’s a great time for self-reflection, family, and games! Growing up the holidays were one of the few times a year I saw all my family. These were some of my most cherished memories as we sat together and spent time conversing and entertaining one another. Now I have moved out and found my own traditions as the years have passed, and one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season is to play games with my family and friends.

In this article, I have complied a themed game for Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s.


The game I chose for Christmas is 12 Days. It is based around the popular Christmas song 12 days of Christmas. The game is playable by 3 to 5 players and is for 8 years and older. The game is estimated to take around 15 minutes to play, but still involves strategy to win.

The goal of the game is to have the most points by the end of the game. the game is played over 12 rounds while players use these rounds to regift unwanted cards and buy new gifts for their hands. the goal is to keep the valuable cards and to give to your neighbor the less desirable ones.


The game I chose for Hanukkah is Maccabees. Maccabees is a board game themed around Maccabee soldiers adventuring out to collect the needed oil to relight the Menorah. The game is for 2 to 4 players, and ages 8 years or older. The game uses dreidels for play and has the rules in both English and Hebrew.

The goal of the game is to collect the 8 needed vials of oil for the Menorah. The first player to do so wins the game. Players move around the board collecting the vials along with treasures, which may also be lost along the way. 


The game is choosing for New Year’s Eve was New Year’s Eve Charades. It’s a pretty single game that most people already are familiar with. It’s great for parties and allows for players to easily drop in and out of the game as need. It’s simple enough to set up as well, as before the party the host will just fill out little slips of paper with New Year’s related things. All the prompts will be folded and placed in a container for players to draw and act out.


No matter what you play this year during the holiday season, the most important thing is to spend much-needed time with those you cherish. I urge all of you to take these little moments and live in them and make memories you can look back on through the years to come.

Amber Crook
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