How to Play
Have everyone sit in a circle with their hands behind their backs. One player volunteers to be “it” and stands in the center of the circle.
Have the volunteer in the center to close his/her eyes. Pass a small ornament to someone in the circle. (The ornament should be held behind their backs.)
On “Go”, the volunteer opens his/her eyes while the other players begin to pass the ornament from one person to the next. Anyone can decide to change directions at any time but avoid keeping the ornament within only a small segment of the circle.
Other players in the circle should also pretend to be passing the ornament.
If the circle is too big, you may like to pass multiple ornaments at the same time so that everyone has the chance to receive and pass on the ornament.
At any time when the ornament is being passed around, “it” can guess who is holding the ornament.
– If the guess is correct, the game pauses and the person holding the ornament becomes the next “it”.
– If the guess is incorrect, the game carries on.
To make the game more exciting, you may like to introduce some fun and simple (and not embarrassing) forfeits. However, be sensitive that some players may be shy; encourage everyone to join in the forfeit and allow other players to jump in to the rescue.
– If “it” guesses correctly, the person holding the ornament does a forfeit.
– If “it” makes 3 wrong guesses or fails to guess correctly within a given time (say, after 1 or 2 minutes, or by the time a song ends), “it” does a forfeit.
Remember to play some lively Christmas carols in the background to add to the fun.
Refer to the following games for various Christmas Bible Lessons that you can use:
Angel Gabriel Appears to Mary (Luke 1:26-38; John 3:16) – Blanket Name Game
Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7; John 3:16; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 9:6-7) – No More Room
Angels Appear to the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20; John 3:16) – Do You Hear What I Hear
The Search for Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12; John 3:16) – Christmas Scavenger Hunt
The True Story of Christmas (Condensed) (Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20; Matthew 2:1-12; John 3:16) – The Story of Christmas Minute To Win It Games
Gospel Presentation – Pile Up the Presents
Share the Gospel this Christmas
The holiday season presents an excellent opportunity to share the message of salvation.