Home for the Holidays

‘Tis the season to be with family and friends sitting playing games, eating delicious food, opening presents, and remembering why we celebrate this special holiday.

This year we celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve. At first, I thought this was a little strange, but I actually enjoyed being with family the day before Christmas because it means that Christmas isn’t over and the next day would be relaxed.

We celebrated Christmas by going over to our grandparent’s house to play card games, eat a smorgasbord of food until our bellies were full, and play various games to open gifts. We brought a variety of different foods such as Grape Jelly Meatballs, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Turkey, and other fun treats.

Last Christmas, one of the aunts made Grape Jelly Meatballs and this year it was my turn! Not only was the recipe extremely easy to follow, but they are delicious. All you need to do is make the sauce and put the frozen meatballs in the Crock-Pot. The next step asks you to pour sauce over the meatballs and put them in the Crock-Pot on low for 3-4 hours. The recipe can be found here. I hope you can share this recipe with your loved ones!


Before we arrived at our grandparent’s house, everyone was instructed to bring one gift for the gift exchange game. After everyone’s bellies were full, we gathered around the floor and started playing the gift giving game. There was a lot of laughter and frustration as gifts were stolen while we waited for the last gift to be opened, because this meant that we would all leave with a present. This game was a huge hit and I hope we do it again next year!

The Gift Exchange Game | This game calls for one die and all players are instructed to do what the die said. Below, I have made a short version of the rules. The full rules are linked here. I hope your family enjoys this game as much as mine!

  • If you roll
    • 1- Switch gift to the right
    • 2- Switch gift to the left
    • 3 & 4- Steal ANY gift
    • 5 & 6- Unwrap your gift
  • There are two conclusions and the group can decide how they want to end the game.
    • Conclusion One: The game ends once the last gift is unwrapped.
    • Conclusions Two: After the last gift is unwrapped, you can go around the circle one more time and then the gift you have is yours.

As a group, we decided that after the last gift was unwrapped, we would go around the circle one more time before we would officially have a gift.

The night ended by wrapping gifts, opening one gift, and watching the cat play in the wrapping paper. I have a feeling that this Christmas is going to be one of the best.

*All photos taken by Le Petit Traveler

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