Christmas Party Games – Festive Holiday Fun

Christmas party games make any holiday celebration fun. Party games get the party going and keep it going. Like most Christmas traditions, Christmas games were enjoyed throughout the centuries as an important part of holiday celebrations.

As early as the 16th century it was customary to play games at Christmas. Late medieval English law allowed servants and commoners to play games at Christmas that were forbidden the rest of the year. These games included tennis, dice, cards, billiard and others.

Christmas games enjoyed in the modern period were blindman’s bluff, feed the dove and hot cockles. In Hot Cockles each player in turn is blindfolded. The blindfolded player puts his hands behind his back, palms up. One of the other players hits the hands of the blindfolded player. The blindfolded player must guess which of the other players has hit him. If he does so correctly, he may penalize the player whom he “caught.” hose who preferred a greater mental test might retire to a game of chess, while the physically agile might

challenge each other to tennis or skittles.

The English also enjoyed playing cards and gambling at Christmas time, especially with dice. During the reign of the Tudor kings, working people may have found greater pleasure in these games than the well-to-do, since they were prohibited by law from playing games except at Christmas time. In the sixteenth and 17th centuries the Puritans condemned those who celebrated Christmas by playing games and gambling.

In Victorian England parlor games remained popular Christmas entertainments throughout the 19th century. Victorians favored such games as Snapdragon, Forfeits, Hoop and Hide (Hide and Seek), charades, Blind Man’s Bluff, Queen of Sheba (a variation on Blind Man’s Bluff), and Hunt the Slipper. In Snapdragon players gathered around a bowl of currants covered with spirits. A lighted match was dropped into the bowl, setting fire to the alcohol. Players challenged one another to grab a flaming currant out of the bowl and pop it into their mouths, thus extinguishing the flames. A bit of light verse describes the fearful delights of this game:

Here he comes with flaming bowl,

Don’t he mean to take his toll,

Snip! Snap! Dragon!

Take care you don’t take too much,

Be not greedy in your clutch,

Snip! Snap! Dragon!

With his blue and lapping tongue

Many of you will be stung,

Snip! Snap! Dragon!

For he snaps at all that comes

Snatching at his feast of plums,

Snip! Snap! Dragon!

But Old Christmas makes him come,

Though he looks so fee! fa! fum!

Snip! Snap! Dragon!

Don’t ‘ee fear him, be but bold-

Out he goes, his flames are cold,

Snip! Snap! Dragon!

Players heightened the effect of the glowing, blue flames by extinguishing all other lights in the room except that cast by the burning bowl.

In Hunt the Slipper players formed a circle around one person. They held their hands behind their backs and passed a slipper around the outside of the circle. The person in the center of the circle had to guess who was in possession of the slipper at any given moment.

A number of other English Christmas games have now disappeared so completely that only their picturesque names remain behind. Folklorists cannot now say how they were played. These forgotten games include Shoeing the Wild Mare, Steal the White Loaf, Postand Pair, Feed the Dove, Puss-in-the-Corner, and The Parson Has Lost His Cloak. Before a Christmas party broke up for the evening, the sleepy guests might play one last, quaintly named game called Yawning for a Cheshire Cheese. The players sat in a circle and yawned at one another. Whoever produced the longest, most open-mouthed, and loudest yawn won a Cheshire cheese.

Christmas Games are also played in other Countries. Some traditional Christmas games are for children. In many nations Advent calendars amuse children with a kind of counting game in the weeks before Christmas. Children in Mexico often play games with piñatas at holiday season parties. In Iran youngsters play egg-tapping games at Christmas time. Most Christmas games, however, involve adults and younger people. In a number of different countries sporting matches, games of chance, or fortune-telling games are associated with one or more days of the Christmas season.

In past times Swedes used to play games with Christmas gifts, which they call Julklapp, on December 24. On St. Stephen’s Day both Swedes and Norwegians used to race horses (see Norway, Christmas in). Ethiopians celebrate Christmas Day by playing ganna, a sport that resembles hockey (see Ethiopia, Christmas in). In the United States, many people enjoy watching football bowl games on New Year’s Day. In Lithuania people entertain themselves on Christmas Eve with fortune-telling games.

Some popular Christmas games we enjoy today are Yankee Swap, Elephant Gift Exchange, cookie exchanges, caroling and others. There’s no doubt that Christmas party games still play a big part in making the season special and memorable.

Creating Fashionable Earrings From Cheap Clay Poker Chips

If you take a look around in today’s casinos around the world, you will find that many women are now into the gambling scene. It is not unusual for you to discover women wearing unique and fashionable accessories such as charm bracelets, jackets, and even necklaces that carry a casino theme. If you know a female that really enjoys participating in casino games, such as poker, blackjack, and similar games, you will love the idea that I will present in this guide. Here, I will teach you how to create fashionable earrings from Cheap Clay Poker Chips! All you need is a couple of Clay Poker Chips, some Poker Accessories, and a little creativity for this project!

Materials Required:

o Any number of Cheap Clay Poker Chips, at least two for one set of earrings

o Decorative earring hooks

o Craft drill, or a standard drill that implements the use of a small bit

o Two sets of dice that are designed for jewelry pieces for each set of earrings

Steps:

1. The first thing that you will need to do to create a fashionable set of earrings created from Clay Poker Chips is to gather chips that are attractive to the eye. For the purpose of this particular project, it is recommended that you find Clay Casino Poker Chips that have a design that integrates pictures of dice on them. Naturally, you can choose any design. However, for this model, the dice picture will really set off the appearance of the earrings.

2. Once you have two Cheap Clay Poker Chips, it is time to get out the drill that you are going to use for the project. First, you will want to drill a small hole at the top of the All Clay Poker Chips. Then, you will want to drill a hole at the bottom of the Poker Chip.

3. Next, you will want to take the dice jewelry pieces and slide them through the bottom hole on the Poker Chip. Generally, there will be a clasping device that you can close up over the hole that the piece is going into. This will help to hold the jewelry dice in place. To ensure comfort, it is important that the dice pieces for your earrings are miniatures. You should also get a pair of dice that have the same colors as the actual Cheap Clay Poker Chips that you are using to create the fashionable earrings.

4. Once the bottom piece is attached to the Poker Chip, simply attach the decorative earring hooks to the very top hole. You will often find a small metal piece or a small bead that will clasp down firmly on top of the chip to hold the hook in place. Be sure to lock down this piece so that the earrings will stay in one piece.

5. Once you have created the earring, you can either give the jewelry as a gift, or keep them for yourself!

Creating fashionable earrings from Cheap Clay Poker Chips is an easy project. By utilizing your supplies, and adding a spark of creativity, you can create a unique fashion statement that is very attractive!

Why People Are So Attracted to the Game of Yahtzee

Gambling of many forms has been a source of major entertainment over the years. However, people choose to resort to card or dice games mostly because of the use of strategy that can be coupled with luck in order to win games. However, many prefer to play dice games as it works completely in luck with little room for strategic manipulations. A dice game which has evolved and become more famous over time is Yahtzee.

The rules of Yahtzee are pretty simple and yet challenging at the same time. The game is played using five dice, compared to most other similar games which are played with two dices. The game is divided into 13 rounds, each corresponding to a different category. A player must score in all the categories in order to emerge victorious. As the game approaches a close, there may be circumstances where a player may even be required to score a zero in order to win the game.

The scoring in Yahtzee too seems to be a bit complex but tends to become easier after a few practice rounds. For example, a person who ends up getting three of a kind, a player must have three die that read the same score in order to score a high point. In cases of lower score games, players get the low score determined by the particular set or they end up getting zero after all.

The main climax feature of the game is obtaining a Yahtzee, which means that all 5 die must have the same number or reading. This may be an achievement which may take a long time as well as a whole lot of luck to happen, but it isn’t quite as impossible as it may seem, and therefore actually helps in adding the thrill factor to the game.

Another feature of this game is the chance strategy, where all the dice are rolled, and no matter what the outcome, their sum is added up as the grand total. The game to some extent resembles poker because of the fact that it has outcomes such as three of a kind or four of a kind, and also a full house. As per mathematical computations, the chance of a person scoring a Yahtzee is roughly 1 in 22 times. Yahtzee thus qualifies as an enjoyable yet laid back way of passing time, at the same time, keeping the mind occupied.

Learn Casino Craps – What Are the Pieces of a Craps Table?

If you’ve ever walked through a casino, you’ve probably seen a craps table, but have you ever wondered what a craps table actually is?  What does it comprise, what are its components?

The biggest and most obvious part of the table is the bed.  Casino craps tables are generally available in 8-foot, 10-foot, or 12-foot lengths.  Along the top edge of the bed is a continuous Padded Rail on which the players can lean.  Standing at a craps table for long periods of time can become tiresome for the player, so the padded rail allows the players to rest or change body positions to ease the stress.  After all, the casino doesn’t want players to walk away simply because their feet and knees hurt.  Obviously, the casino wants players at the table as long as possible.

Adjacent to the padded rail is the wooden Chip Rack, which is usually two-racks deep with dividers about every 12-to-16 inches.  The dividers separate the chip rack into individual sections for the players.

Along the outer perimeter is a little shelf called a Drink Rail.  As the name implies, this is where players place their drinks.  Drink glasses and bottles are not allowed on the Padded Rail because of the risk of spillage onto the layout.  Not only do spills make a big mess on the layout (which the casino has to pay to get cleaned), spills delay the game which digs into the casino’s profits.  Cigarette ashtrays are also placed on the Drink Rail.

Inside the bed is the Table Layout with all the numbers and boxes onto which the players’ chips are placed.  The felt can be any color depending on the casino’s specifications.  Common colors are green, blue, and sometimes red.  Special designs and patterns can be incorporated into the layout to match the casino’s theme.  The area on the outer edge of the layout is called the Apron.

Rubber material lines the inside wall of the bed and is called Rail Rubber.  Below the rail rubber on each inside end of the table is a 6-to-8-inch wide piece of Pyramid Rubber.  This is the part of the table with all the little pyramids or spikes that are specially designed to randomly deflect the dice.  Casinos have a rule that a player must “hit the back wall” when tossing the dice.  This rule ensures the dice hit the pyramid rubber, thereby, preventing anyone from controlling the outcome of a dice roll.  Regardless of what you hear, read, or see at a live craps table, no one (NO ONE!) can consistently control the outcome of a craps roll when the dice hit the pyramid rubber.  They just can’t.  (Please read my other articles about the silly notion of “dice control” or “dice setting.”)

On the inner side of the bed across from the dealers and boxman is a mirror about 8 inches wide that runs the length of the table.  The mirror allows the dealers and boxman to see the palm side of the player’s tossing hand.  The boxman can easily see if a player is cheating by “palming” the dice, trying to introduce a crooked pair into the game.

Cut into the table layout in front of the boxman is a Money Slot for the Money Drop Box.  The money slot is about 3/8-inch wide and about 3 inches long, which is just the right size for pushing bills down into the drop box.  The boxman uses a Paddle to push the money through the slot into the money box that’s attached to the underside of the bed.  (That’s where the term “boxman” came from.)

The stickman controls a small bowl that rests on the tabletop against the wall directly in front of the stickman.  This Dice Bowl (or Dice Boat) simply holds the extra dice that are not in play.  When a new game starts, the stickman dumps the unused dice onto the table and uses his stick (or whip) to push them all (usually 6 or 8) to the next shooter.  The shooter then selects two that she thinks are lucky, and then the stickman pulls the remaining dice back and puts them in bowl.  The bowl is usually made of clear acrylic or wood.

Also considered part of a craps table are the Puck and Buttons.  The ON/OFF puck (white for the ON side, black for the OFF side) is used simply to indicate whether a new game is in progress.  If a new game is about to start, the puck is turned to the OFF side.  If a game is in progress, the puck is turned on its ON side and placed in the appropriate number box on the layout to indicate the “point” for the current game.  Small buttons about the size of a quarter are used to indicate whether a player’s bets are off or on, or whether a certain type of bet is a “buy” or “lay.”  Each button has one word engraved in it, either OFF, ON, BUY, or LAY.  Buttons help the dealer, boxman, and the eye-in-the-sky keep track of players’ bets.

Now you know all the components of a craps table!  The more you know, the more confident you’ll be when you walk up to a table.  The more confident you are, the less likely the dealers will steer you down the wrong path by enticing you to make bets with high house advantages.