A relaxed, fun Christmas game of pass the stocking is the perfect way to wind down a holiday gathering.
Combine a guessing game with wrapped take-home gifts and you have an easy Christmas game in minutes. Try playing pass the stocking at your next holiday gathering -- it's simple to put together and works well with a variety of ages.
Pass the Stocking Christmas Guessing Game Rules
The goal of pass the stocking guessing game is for guests to make a best guess about what wrapped presents are hidden in a stocking. When you invite guests, ask them to bring a small present wrapped in a generic box to hide its shape. (Note: It's best to put a spending limit on the present.) When guests arrive, number the presents with a small tag or label and place each one in a stocking. When it's game time, give everyone a piece of paper and pen or pencil and have them write their name on the paper. Pass the present-filled stocking around the room, letting each person remove a few presents to feel and shake; have guests write down their best guess as to what the present is on the piece of paper. Make sure to give everyone a chance with each present.
How many people do you need?
There's no limit to the number of people who may play, although there should be at least six people playing to make sure the game lasts an adequate length of time.
Does the game have any limits?
You may want to set rules to limit the length of time each person can spend trying to guess each present. The best thing about pass the stocking guessing game is the mystery is as much fun for the host and hostess as it is for the guests.
How does someone win?
Once all the presents have been passed and everyone has made a guess about the identity of each package, collect the papers with the present guesses. Open each present, one by one; whoever guessed correctly gets to keep the present. If more than one person guessed the same present, create a tiebreaker of your choosing. If one person has guessed multiple presents correctly, move down the list to dole out presents. If each person brings a gift, everyone should go home with something.
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