Monday, December 9, 2013

Mindless Monday, Pinterest Stuff (Christmas Games), Blog Linkage

Good Monday morning!

RANDOMNESS #1 - After 25 years, I decided to finally make some changes to my Christmas decorations.

I have a lot of little pieces of Christmas "things" that make bigger Christmas "things."

Four thousand thirty-two to be exact.

Honestly, the thought of putting all of the little pieces together made me a little dizzy and breathless.

So I replaced all the little pieces with candles.

Candles, candles everywhere.

Don't get me wrong.

Some things stayed exactly the same, and I like it that way.

I'll share a few more pics Friday... new and old.


And I took some more face shots!


You can tell she's not really worried, but it's too early to call it.


Again, Meagan doesn't look worried, but she is definitely not "counting her chickens before they are hatched."

Joy, Kesley, Meagan (kind of) and Claire.

Yep. We're definitely getting comfortable with the idea of WINNING THIS BALL GAME!



RANDOMNESS #3 - Mike and Austin had a great time at the SEC Championship Game Saturday evening.


RANDOMNESS #4 - I went with Melia and her Mom, Lisa, to the Christmas Home Tour Sunday afternoon. It was wet and gray and muddy... and did I say wet?

But the homes were beautiful and warm and smelled divine.

I almost took my rain jacket off and stayed at the second house for a while in front of the fireplace. I'm pretty sure someone would have eventually made me a cup of hot chocolate, and asked if I could stay the night, but social etiquette prevented me from doing so.

Christmas or not, a black tub and a view would always be wonderful.

I loved this white whimsy tree.

Blog Linkage - If you want a little giggle today, go to Confessions of a Pioneer Woman under My Blog List and read today's post entitled, "What a Hump."

As always, Ree delivers!

Pinterest Stuff

If you're interested in some different Christmas games this year, here are a few I found on Pinterest this weekend.

1. Christmas Charades

This is as simple as it sounds. In preparation for this game, I made a list of Christmas related things/actions/whatever for people to act out. It can be anything you want, but here are some good ones to get you started.

Three Wise Men
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
The Grinch
Santa Coming Down the Chimney
Santa's Fat Belly
Tree Topper
Trimming the Tree
Wrapping Presents
Opening Presents
Making Christmas Cookies
Snow Angel
Building a Snowman
Mary and Joseph
Christmas Morning
Christmas Eve
Mrs. Claus
Christmas Lights
Frosty the Snowman
Jingle Bells
Partridge in a Pear Tree
Little Drummer Boy
Christmas Shopping

I cut them up into strips of paper, folded them and put them all in a big bowl.

You divide your guests into teams (it works best with at least three or four on each team). We had two teams but you could do it with three or four, more than that might be a bit much.

One person from Team 1 stands up to do the acting, and the rest of Team 1 guesses what they are acting.

There is NO talking or pointing at objects in the room. Since some of these are pretty easy to guess, I timed them for 45 seconds and gave them 1 point for each one they got during that time limit. Sometimes a team would get only 1, sometimes they could get 4.

After Team 1 goes, the bowl passes to Team 2 and their first person acts.

When the bowl gets back to Team 1 the next person acts so everyone gets a chance to do the acting. You could either play to a certain number of points (first team to 25 points wins), or you could play until you run out of pieces of paper in the bowl and count up the total points.

NOTE - You could have the guests come up with the words/phrases. Have each person make up 3 or 5 separate ones for the bowl, depending on how many people are participating. The phrases can be up to three words. It's hilarious to see what people come up with.

2. Christmas Song Charades

Instead of acting out things or phrases that relate to Christmas, you could also act out titles of Christmas Songs. It can be done the exact same way as Christmas Charades. Here is a great list that you could use. I used some obscure ones because I didn't want all of them to be super easy!

Angels We Have Heard on High
Jingle Bells
Frosty the Snowman
Joy to the World
Winter Wonderland
Silent Night
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Up on the Housetop
O Holy Night
Sleigh Ride
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Jingle Bell Rock
Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
The First Noel
O Come All Ye Faithful
All I Want for Christmas is You
I'll be Home for Christmas
Silver Bells
There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Feliz Navidad
White Christmas
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
Go Tell it On the Mountain
Deck the Halls
Santa, Baby
Baby, It's Cold Outside
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
Away in a Manger
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
The 12 Days of Christmas
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
O Little Town of Bethlehem
What Child is This?
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
We Three Kings
Little Drummer Boy
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Blue Christmas
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas
The Christmas Shoes
We Need a Little Christmas
Christmas Time is Here (Charlie Brown)
Believe (Polar Express)
Happy Birthday, Jesus
Here Comes Santa Claus
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Mary, Did You Know?
Merry Christmas, Darling
Last Christmas I Gave You My Heart
Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time

3. Christmas Catchphrase

If you don't want to act, this could be the game for you. You could use the same list from the first charade game, but play Catchphrase with it.

You could play it like the charades games, or you could all sit in a circle and have every other person be on the same team (boys against girls is always entertaining).

You could pass the bowl around. Whoever has the bowl draws a paper out and has to describe what's on the piece of paper without saying the words on it and without using motions. Once it's guessed, the person passes the bowl clockwise.

If you play that way you can set a time limit before the person holding the bowl has to stop. A kitchen timer would work nicely. Whichever team is NOT holding the bowl when the timer goes off receives 1 point.

The Enchanting Belinda says, "This Chick has done all the work for us! I'm definitely playing at least one of these three games with the family this year.'

Have a holly, jolly week. I'll be back Friday with Weekend Happenings, at least three more ideas for Christmas fun under Pinterest Stuff, more pics and Randomness.

Take care, and I'll talk to you Friday.


The Enchanting Belinda (a/k/a Nipper Sugar-Socks)

P.S. Most of y'all know The Chick doesn't eat chocolate. However, the rest of us do eat chocolate... and we enjoy it immensely.

Mike had gone to the store and bought us a box of Drumsticks. I happened to walk in the kitchen just in time to see Roxie whittling the chocolate and nuts off the top of the Drumstick.

I know.

I was appalled, too!


  1. Those are some great game ideas. I'm definitely trying one of those. Thanks for sharing them. Have great week! Andrea

  2. So have you rotated off the annual 'Christmas inflatable' photo project?

    1. Yes. I'm taking the year off of the inflatable photo project. I'm going to give everyone in the Dale a chance to buy some new inflatables!


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