This Christmas, why not bring out some of the old familiar favorites? Board games are a great way to connect with loved ones and this list will help take the guesswork out of what to play. Whether you’re waiting for your guests to arrive, entertaining some of the younger kids, or just having a festive night in, we found five classic games that everyone will love.
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If you’re looking to play something with an older crowd, Scrabble has rules that are easy to explain and even easier to get back into. Between stretching your vocabulary knowledge and schooling your family members on syllables, you could also introduce some fun house rules! Maybe something like bonus points for any Christmas-related words or no words that start with the letter A.
The classic game of strategy and world domination, Risk, is a good go-to for older kids and adults who have enough time to complete one full campaign to control the world. There are different versions of Risk, but the original game’s rules have been the same for decades and are easy to pick up. Why not add a little Christmas twist, like naming your armies after Reindeer?
If you’re looking for a simpler game for a younger set of kids, it’s alright to let them get in a little bit of Trouble! Hitting that dice-roller never gets old, and the quick setup should make clean-up easy for when guests arrive, or for when you want to switch to movie watching.
It might just be an evening with a couple of players, but just because there are fewer people, doesn’t mean less fun. Battleship is the quintessential two-player game of deduction and naval combat. Who doesn’t want to shout, “You Sunk My Battleship!” from the top of their lungs? The game’s helpful storage and fun setup will make it easy to launch your missiles while watching a holiday favorite.