Do you love games as much as we do? Are you looking for a new game to enjoy over the holidays? When I (Tracy) asked my kids what their favorite games were they mentioned Monopoly and Sorry. I also think of Aggravation, Sequence, Racko and Yahtzee…they can’t all make the cut! Below are our Top 10 picks.
10. The Settlers of Catan
This is Tracy’s sister’s family’s favorite game so we are including it because they LOVE it and play it ALL the time. There are expansion packs that you can purchase, too.
My (Tracy’s) family grew up playing cards. I love all card games. Liverpool is the game that we grew up playing a LOT. Adults and kids can play. I remember playing with 10 or more people gathered around my grandma’s kitchen table with my aunts, uncles, grandma and cousins.
Liverpool is also known as Liverpool Rummy or Contract Rummy. These rules are the closest to how we play except 2’s are also wild and count 20 points and Jokers count 50 points.
8. Catch Phrase
I (Tracy) remember playing this game with our youth group counselors at a Christmas party and laughing soooo hard we fell off the couch! It is that fun.
Like Tracy, I too have a great memory playing this game with a group of friends. We were sitting out on the driveway of one of their homes and playing this game. We were dying. The neighbors probably thought we were hitting the heavy liquor. No booze. Just Catch Phrase.
Another card game! You can play online here. At that site you can also play Spades (loved playing Spades in my dorm at college), Euchre (my parents, sister and I used to play this growing up), and more. Here are the official Hearts’ rules.
We (Tracy) love this game and have played it a lot! It is very fun and makes you get up, be active, work as a team, and laugh your head off.
A super fast paced card game for 2 or more players. If you like cards and solitaire you will love this! It will get your adrenaline flowing. I (Tracy) played this a couple New Year’s Eves with a bunch of adults and I also play a lot with my sister-in-law, daughters and neices when we are all together. Here are the Official Nertz Rules from the National Nertz Association (what!) and a How To Play Nertz YouTube video from Vanillajoy.
4. Uno Flash
We (Tracy) drove out at the start of an ice storm to buy this game and played it for several days straight during the holidays one year.
3. Apples to Apples Junior
We have played this game for a LONG time. It’s fun, relaxing, competitive and promotes conversation…and laughter. I think I like the Junior edition more that the original.
I (Chelle) grew up playing Tripoley with my parents and brothers every Christmas Eve. My parents were so great at little traditions that make holidays special. We would always read the story of Jesus’ birth, have a fondue dinner and play a game. We always had a good time together.
Now we play Tripoley with our kids. We aren’t usually all together with my parents and cousins on Christmas Eve. We get together over the holiday. We still read Luke, now it’s Verenika for dinner and at some point play some Tripoley. When the kids were younger we played our own simpler variations of this game. Poker rules can be a little confusing when you bet with chips. We would just bet two chips if you were in for the hand. No raising.
No matter how old you are, it’s fun to make poker-chip eyes. Here is my mom and dad, my uncle, my son and daughter and my niece and nephew. I’m playing but also taking the picture…not at the same time. And…I’m winning. Not really.
1. Wits and Wagers
Dave Ramsey had the ad for this game on his radio show for a long time. It worked because I (Tracy) went out and bought it! All ages can play. My youngest child won the first game we ever played!
What is your favorite family game?
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