Family Fun

Family Game Night

I have always loved playing games and ever since my children were born, I have been impatiently waiting for them to get old enough to play games.  While my littlest is not old enough for a lot of games, we have found certain games that we all enjoy playing.

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One game that we found this past Christmas is called Moustache Smash. (My six year old especially loves it)  I thought it sounded cheesy but it is surprisingly fun.  Basically everyone has a different plastic mustache on a stick that has a little suction cup on the end.  When a card is played with either the color or shape of your moustache, then you can “smash it” before someone else hits it.  There are also Moustache Pass cards that randomly appear which force you to trade your moustache to the next person, so you have to remember which moustache you have before the next card is played.  If you hit a card that is not your color or shape you have to put two of your own cards in the pile and the person to hit the next card played wins the whole pile.  The game ends when there are no new cards to play and the person with the most cards is the winner.

Reasons we love this game:

  • It is fun for so many age levels.  Some games are either boring for the adult or the child, but not this one. We have had players from 6 to 66 years old and they have all loved it. We all giggle and heckle each other the entire game.
  • It is really fast paced.  Some games drag on and on, but we usually play this game at least four times a night, if not more!
  • The moustache sticks are very durable.  This is a good thing because you really have to slap the cards hard to get them before someone else does.
  • Contains six very different moustaches.  Its nice to have a good variety to choose from and each mustache is really different, so everyone usually has a favorite one they pick each game.  Also, while waiting for the next card to be played, you have to keep the moustache on your face, so of course it makes the person opposite of you laugh to see you wearing these outlandish moustaches:)

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If you are looking for a new family game to play that is fun for all ages, definitely try out Moustache Smash! You will not regret it:)

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Christmas

Christmas Fun: Host Your Own Gingerbread House Competition

One of my family’s favorite Christmas traditions is our annual Gingerbread House Competition.  I know lots of people love to make gingerbread houses with their kids for Christmas, but we take it a step further and turn it into a competition.  I know it sounds crazy, but we have so much fun competing for a slip of paper that proclaims our house as the best in a certain category.  (Even the teenage grandchildren love to come and banter with their parents over who should win in each category and that says a lot!)

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**Now you could go out and buy a gingerbread house kit to save yourself a lot of time….but we choose to be creative and save money by building ours with graham crackers. (We also use hot glue to build the houses, this makes them more durable and less likely to fall apart under all that icing and candy that we pile on there)

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This was my favorite! It looked like a snow covered church

Here are all the things you need to host your own competition:

Graham Crackers (or individual gingerbread house kits)

Hot glue(if you are an extreme builder)

Frosting (We usually use about one jar per 2-3 people)

Variety of candies (M&Ms, Skittles, Twizzlers, Smarties, peppermints, candy canes, gum drops, Hershey kisses, edible Christmas figurines, marshmallows, chocolate chips, etc)

Sprinkles of various colors and shapes

Sturdy cardboard

Index cards or strips of paper to make winner labels (We usually put on a couple of Christmas stickers to spruce it up a bit)

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Some people bring in their own special candy to get an advantage over the others…cough, cough…Joanna:)

** If you want to offer a small prize for each winner then candy prizes like large candy canes or holiday chocolate bars are always a big hit

The next thing you need to determine is which categories you will be judging the houses on.  Our usual ones include:  Best Overall, Best Roof, Best Yard, Most Christmasy, Most Colorful, Most Creative, Most Unique(the most coveted of all categories for some reason!), Prettiest, and Best Winter Scene.  You can really choose any categories that will suit your family’s taste like:  Most Patriotic, Best Team Spirit (sports team colors or logos), Most Religious, etc.

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He was sad he didn’t get Most Creative until he found out that everyone else really, really wanted to get Most Unique…then he smiled!

The last thing you will need is a unbiased judge.  My father is usually our judge and he loves to do it!  The judge should not be watching the houses being built because they might be swayed by who is doing the building…..trust me….

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Happy with Most Colorful!

I hope your family might add this fun tradition to your Christmas season and get from it all the joy and memories that we have for the past 10 years.