This is by far one of the best Christmas games ever and works for any type of party and I’m not just saying that because I wrote it. Well most of it, you all know the ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas poem, I just altered it to make it a really fun game for all ages. This is great for school parties, office parties, parties at home with family and friends, etc.
This game is played with all of your guests in a complete circle. You read the story to your guests and when they hear the words LEFT or RIGHT then they have to pass the present in that direction. They have to listen closely for the directions. It gets confusing and becomes really hysterical from the chaos it can create.
You could play this game many different ways but however you play it gifts must be involved. So you could have just a few gifts so that only a few people in your circle have a gift to start off with and the people holding the gift at the end of the game wins the gift. Or you could get gifts for everyone but make it more fun by making each gift different and wrapping them different. For example, have big boxes, small boxes, funny shaped presents, etc. This would be great for gift exchanges in classrooms, at work, or family get-togethers.
Some people may choose to have their guests pass the items to the LEFT or RIGHT just once whenever they hear the directional word. Others may choose to have their guests continuously pass their gifts in the direction they hear until they hear the next directional word.
This year I am the chairperson for my daughters’ third grade Christmas party so I decided to go to Dollar Tree and get a bunch of different dollar gifts that could be for a girl or a boy like a deck of playing cards, crayons, puzzles, etc. Then I will wrap them all differently. All the kids will stand around in a circle and I will pass out the gifts then I will begin to read the story and watch the hysterical chaos begin. Whatever gift the kids are holding at the end of the story is theirs to keep.
Here is the ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas LEFT/RIGHT Game:
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the LEFT side and RIGHT side of the house
Not a creature was stirring on the LEFT side, not even a mouse on the LEFT side.
The stockings were hung LEFT of the chimney with care,
In hopes that the RIGHT-handed St Nicholas soon would be there.
The RIGHT and the LEFT-handed children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in the RIGHT side of their heads.
And mamma on the RIGHT in her ‘kerchief, and I on the LEFT in my cap,
Had just settled our RIGHT and LEFT brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the LEFT side of the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the LEFT side of my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the LEFT window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the LEFT and RIGHT shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering RIGHT and LEFT eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh to the LEFT, and eight tinny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be RIGHT-handed St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled to the RIGHT, and shouted to the RIGHT, and called them by name!
“Now Dasher on the RIGHT! now, Dancer on the LEFT! now, Prancer on the LEFT and Vixen on the RIGHT!
On, Comet on the RIGHT! On, Cupid on the LEFT! on Donner on the RIGHT and Blitzen on the LEFT!
To the top of the LEFT side of the porch! To the top of the LEFT side of the wall!
Now dash away LEFT! Dash away RIGHT! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the RIGHT of the sky.
So up to the RIGHT of the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and RIGHT-handed St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the RIGHT of the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little RIGHT and LEFT hoof.
As I drew in the RIGHT side of my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney RIGHT-handed St Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his RIGHT and LEFT foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on the LEFT-side of his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His LEFT and RIGHT eyes-how they twinkled! His RIGHT and LEFT dimples how merry!
His RIGHT and LEFT cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a RIGHT jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his RIGHT eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the RIGHT stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger on the RIGHT side of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh on the LEFT, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew to the RIGHT like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight to the RIGHT,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”