Favourite Danish Christmas game – Counting down to Christmas – day 10
Do you take part in any kind of Christmas games? While they can be really fun they require more organizing than other Christmas activities.
One of my favourite Christmas games is a Danish one called Pakkespil. It is so much fun especially if you have many people to play it with, but I think that 4 people will do as well. I played it the very first time with friends from the language course in the Danish school. All you need to do is to agree on a number of gifts that everyone brings (2-3 will be ok), agree on a budget for each gift, and bring a dice. If there are many people you might want more dice. The important thing is that all of the gifts should be wrapped so people can’t see what they will get. This is where it gets interesting, because you can fool your friends into thinking that the gift you brought is bigger simply by packing it in a bigger box. People are quite attracted to big boxes.
The rules are pretty simple:
- Agree on how much time you will spend playing the game. The duration of one to two Christmas song will be ok.
- When the game starts, each member one after the other, throws the dice and whenever someone hits 6 on the dice they are allowed to take a gift from the pile. The good part starts when there are no more gifts in the pile, but the song is still playing. That means that the next time you hit 6 you will be taking a gift from another member.
- The game ends when the song is finished.
The day we played the game at the language school, I ended up winning the biggest one. Or should I rather say that the box was the biggest, and not representative of the gift at all because I found toilet paper decorated with Christmas drawings packed in a box of a designer vase. The funnier gifts, the better 🙂
Will you play any Christmas games this Christmas?