Games. I grew up playing all sorts of crazy English games, as well as a few of the normal ones.
There was one called ‘squeak piggy squeak’. Everyone sat on chairs in a circle and someone was blindfolded; that person then had to sit on each persons lap and say ‘squeak piggy squeak’ and see if they could guess whose lap they were sitting on. If they guess correctly, then that person has to be blindfolded and we go again. Sounds riveting, doesn’t it?
Or how about ‘newspaper’? This is when somebody thinks of an activity and then everyone else asks them questions, such as “Do you newspaper in the morning?” and so on, until someone guesses the activity and then it’s their turn. I used to love that game (and I stress used to!).
I’m sure some of you would know the game ‘How green you are’. It, too, is terribly exciting. Someone goes out of the room. Someone who is still in the room chooses an item in the room. Person then comes back into the room and everyone sings “how green you are” either loudly or softly, depending on how close the person is to the item as they wander the room.Once the item is guessed, another person exits the room, and repeat the whole thing over again. See? I told you it was exciting.
I can’t say I would enjoy these games now, but they typified a perfect Christmas to me as a kid. And usually, we would still be wearing our silly paper hats from the crackers, just to add some flair to the evenings events.
Nowadays, my family and I stick to the more traditional games like Articulate, Balderdash and various card games such as Billionaire and Quiddler. We still have just as much fun and it’s definitely a highlight of the Christmas season for me.
Did you, or do you still, play any crazy games or do you go for the more mainstream ones?