Fun and Festive Activities for Holiday Reunions: Part 2 – By Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.D.

“They never let poor Rudolph, join in any reindeer games.” Make sure this does not happen at your upcoming holiday reunions. In the December 1 issue of Reunion News, the tip, “Fun and Festive Activities for Holiday Reunions: Part 1” listed three easy activities to engage your family members at winter parties.  We decided to continue this theme with three more games you can put together at minimal cost. 

  1. Holiday Word Search. Work your brain and have some holiday fun by creating your own word search puzzle at Print them off and hand them to guests as they arrive or put them by their table setting. If you don’t have time to come up with the words yourself, find free printable puzzles for Christmas at and for Hannukah at   Have a contest and give out small prizes for the person who finds all the words the fastest.
  2. Mad-Libs. Holiday-themed Mad Libs are sure to break the ice and get everyone laughing. This free printable MadLib puts a wacky twist on a letter to Santa. There is also one for your New Year’s Eve festivities  
  3. Family Reunion B-I-N-G-O – Holiday Style. I previously wrote about creating no-cost family reunion templates for a BINGO game in “Fun and Games: Family Reunion B-I-N-G-O” An easy template to follow is the one created by genealogist, Alice Childs, that can be used with a free account). You can repurpose this same no-cost template, but substitute family/ancestral photos from holidays past.

In the rush of the holiday season, it is easy to get caught up in shopping, gift-wrapping, decorating, and other preparations. By taking the time to play some games, laugh, remember, and reminisce with those you hold dear, you will make memories that will last a lifetime.