Holly Jolly Holiday: Day 14

Christmas Charades by Candlelight

How you can possibly get everyone together for a moment of family time? Riley is surfing on the computer, Chase is texting on his phone, Eva is begging for a cookie and a story . . . and all you want is a chance to laugh, be close and unplug.

Well, the answer may be a time-honored family game night tradition: charades. Ah, but instead of just guessing words, what if you created a cozy atmosphere with candles around the living room? And, moreover, what if you made the charades all about the season? That’s right, Christmas Charades by Candlelight.

A member of the Coop staff was sparked with this idea while searching for holiday photos, like this:

Christmas Candlelight Charades

In case you don’t recall the instructions for charades, access About.com to help you modify the gameplay for birds of all ages. To get you started in a festive direction, we listed 12 Christmas-oriented words below.


  • Reindeer
  • Santa Claus
  • North Pole
  • Presents
  • Christmas Tree
  • Sugar Cookie
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Silent Night
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Mrs. Claus
  • Frosty the Snowman
  • Elves


  • Keep the candles out of reach of tiny hands.
  • Brew hot cocoa and, if desired, hot toddies for adults.
  • Remember to laugh and clap with encouragement.