You can use this game up front during the Christmas Season to have lots of fun seeing if students can remember the basics about Christmas stories. Here’s how you do it.
Bring three students up front and put them each in a chair FACING THE AUDIENCE. Tell them that they will each get to answer a question each round, with the questions getting harder as the rounds continue. They are in the game until they miss a question (much like the famous Millionaire show).
To spice it up, and more importantly, to keep the crowd interested, you can offer your three contestants these Christmas Presents (lifelines). They can use both, but only once each.
1. Sleigh Ride: Everyone in the room has a sheet of paper and writes what they believe the answer to be. They then make a paper plane out of their answer and fly it towards the contestant. The contestant chooses three of the “sleighs” to see what their answers are.
2. Christmas Wish: this is where they can ask any adult in the room what answer they would choose, BUT they have a time limit of 30 seconds to answer.
To eliminate confusion, always ask questions in the same order. That way you don’t get confused. Here are the questions:
1. Finish the lyrics of these Christmas tunes:
a. You better watch out, you better not cry…(you better not pout, I’m tellin’ you why)
b. Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul…(with a corncob pipe and a button nose and two eyes made out of coal)
c. Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells Jingle all the way…(oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh)
2. Name this Christmas object.
a. They have four legs, antlers, and can fly. (reindeer)
b. It shines in the sky and is also on top of Christmas trees (star)
c. It’s red, it glows, and it’s a guiding force. (Rudolf’s nose)
3. List ONLY ONE THING EACH that Santa knows about us.
a. If we have been bad or good.
b. If we are sleeping or awake.
c. If we have been naughty or nice.
a. do children leave for Santa to eat and drink? (milk and cookies)
b. is the hanging bush or plant that people stand under to kiss? (mistletoe)
c. color are Santa’s boots? (black)
5. What was…
a. the animal that didn’t stir on the night before Christmas? (a mouse)
b. the boy’s most desired gift for Christmas in the movie, “A Christmas Story?” (BB Gun)
c. the object that brought Frosty the Snowman to life? (a magic hat)
6. In the “Peanut’s Charlie Brown Christmas special,” Charlie Brown…
a. is in charge of what? (The Christmas Play)
b. goes out to find what for his play? (Christmas tree)
c. kills what? (Christmas tree)
7. In the Nativity Story…
a. we are told that Joseph is related to which famous king of Israel? (David)
b. Joseph sought to do this secretly, but didn’t. What? (divorce Mary)
c. Joseph traveled to this city where Jesus was born. (Bethlehem)
8. The Wise men…
a. brought these gifts to Jesus. (gold, frankincense, & myrrh)
b. went to this king first to find Jesus. (Herod)
c. came from which direction? (East)
9. Name the…
a. reindeer that is in FIFTH place on Santa’s sleigh. (Comet)
b. brand of BB Gun the boy wanted in “A Christmas Carol.” (Red Rider)
c. gift that My True Love gave to me on the NINTH day of Christmas (9 Ladies Dancing)
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