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mags
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Playing cards with my family is one of the things I am most looking forward to this Christmas, so I was wondering if others have traditional games they like to play at family gatherings.

Last year I got really angry at my cousins, because they "decided" unilaterally that we wouldn't have Christmas Eve at my grandparents like we always have, because one of their baby's-daddy wanted his kid for Christmas Eve, my Grandma was saying she didn't want to do the big Christmas Eve thing at their house because it had been hellish the year before (I wasn't there, because I was preparing to move back to the state a couple months later, but if I had been, I know I could have smoothed a lot of the problems over), it was more convenient for them to exchange gifts after Christmas, blah blah. After I got over my initial indignation, I called up Grandma and asked her if it would be ok for just me, and my sister, and my parents, and my aunt (these cousins' mother) if she wanted to, to come over and just play cards like we traditionally do when we're all together. She said it was ok, and somehow miracuously, even though they thought they couldn't make it, so tried to cancel it for me, my cousins showed up with their kids too.

This year, my aunt and cousins "decided" for me that Christmas Eve should be at my house (I think they were surprised when I agreed), then about a month ago, decided again that "we" weren't going to be able to do Christmas Eve at all. Once again, I called up my Grandma and asked if we could play cards there on Christmas Eve.

Anyway, to the main point, the game we like to play is called "Hand and Foot." I've also heard it referred to as "Hands and Feet" by someone from my hometown. It is similar to Canasta, only red threes are really bad (-500 points if you have one unplayed when someone else goes out), and there are two hands of 11 cards, a hand you play first, and a "bootie", which is a second hand you pick up and play once you play all the cards in your first hand.

I've been playing it since I was too young to even count up my cards. It makes a very good get-together game, because it doesn't take an enormous amount of concentration so it's a good excuse to get us all around the table to just chat, and because any number of people can play, you just need one more deck of cards than you have people.

So, what do you play when your family is together?

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We've begun playing Apples to Apples. It's mostly an excuse to sit around and chat and can be played by any number of people (I think we had 12 at one point) with people rotating in and out. We only started playing it last year, but it's become our favorite game.

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We like Farkle (dice game) or a nice rowdy game of spoons is always fun.

ETA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoons

It is really fun if you put the spoons so that a good whack to the center sends the spoons flying. Or you can just sneak a spoon and keep on playing until someone notices.

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We usually play Spoons .

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'Identify what the dog ate' and 'What will happen to the table'

We've had the table catch fire (candle hitting tablecloth) our goldie jump up (after dinner, during cards) after being chased by a cat, a nephew that has seen too many westerns (jabbed knife in table) and 'Jesus Action Figure' collide with Guinness (Jesus doesn't drink wine at our houses).

And we sometimes play 'Catchphrase'(SP?) If we don't know the answer, the default word is 'spigot'.

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quote:
Originally posted by guruwan2b:
We like Farkle (dice game) or a nice rowdy game of spoons is always fun.

I used to play Farkle with my grandchildren quite a while ago but have forgotten the scoring. Could you post the rules? I have some younger grandchildren, now, who I think would have fun with it.

ETA: Whoops! Never mind. I tend to forget that I have a research tool right in front of my face. [Embarrassed]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farkle

I played Bridge a lot when I was in college. In fact, we used to skip classes for a game. Don't tell anyone. I never could get my husband or any of his family to learn how, so we play Spades.

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quote:
Originally posted by CryoWalt:
'Identify what the dog ate' and 'What will happen to the table'

[lol] Nice!

We always play Trivial Pursuit, where occasionally a missed question requires a repentant shot of Goldschläger.

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We also play spoons, although a few decks of cards will be sacrificed because my husband has a tendancy to crush the cards in one hand while grabbing for a spoon with the other. [lol]

We always play Scattergories, too.

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ETA: remove rules, cause wiki rules are probably clearer....

While playing spoons it is always fun to flip the spoons. One good whack and they go flying. I remember my dad sticking his hand down my aunt's shirt to retrieve a spoon.

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I second Apples to Apples. My mother doesn't like any games other than Trivial Pursuit and occasionally Texas Hold'em, and she even liked Apples to Apples. It's even better after several glasses of wine.

I like Scattergories too, but I'm the only one, so no one ever wants to play it. [Frown] I'm going to Glass Papaya's house to play.

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Since Christmas is at my in-laws house this year, the game will be, "Find a way to go to the bathroom without my crazy father in-law bursting in and scream at me."

No joke, the man is a paranoid schizophrenic, and believes that running water conveys information, so he spends a good 80% of his time in the house's one bathroom running water and opening and closing the toilet lid. Fun fun fun.

However, this has resulted in making me a much more efficient waste manager. Ahem.

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Sunday afternoon at Mom & Dad's house is time for Full-Contact Crossword Puzzling. Everybody wants to be in charge of the pen.

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Oh waffles, drank too much cocoacoffee.
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CryoWalt
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quote:
Originally posted by Macheath:
Since Christmas is at my in-laws house this year, the game will be, "Find a way to go to the bathroom without my crazy father in-law bursting in and scream at me."

No joke, the man is a paranoid schizophrenic, and believes that running water conveys information, so he spends a good 80% of his time in the house's one bathroom running water and opening and closing the toilet lid. Fun fun fun.

However, this has resulted in making me a much more efficient waste manager. Ahem.

Mack da "like *$%&# through a goose" Knife

So he peeks at the presents you leave him ? [Big Grin]

He's not paranoid, just worried about how much fiber you get in your diet.

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Macheath
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Actually, if I need to use the bathroom I have to tell him that I'm sending a fax . . .

Mack da Knife

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quote:
Originally posted by Macheath:
Actually, if I need to use the bathroom I have to tell him that I'm sending a fax . . .

Mack da Knife

Here's hoping the fax machine has plenty of paper.....
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Gosh, I haven't played Spoons in years! I might have to try to teach that one to DS.

The game my family always played at any gathering is Thirty-One (a card game). I can't post the Wiki link b/c it has parenthesis in it. Or something.

Basically everyone has 3 cards and tries to get 31 or as close to it of the same suit. Each time you lose you pay a "coin" and whoever is the last one left wins the money.

Due to inflation ( [lol] ) the cost to play has gone from 3 dimes to 3 quarters and I think they play now with 3 $1 bills. [Smile]

Kathryn

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Thanks for reminding me of spoons! My cousins and I used to play it when we were kids. Sometimes we'd even manage to get the grown-ups involved.

Lynda D's to do list:
1. Finish Christmas shopping
2. Bake pumpkin pies
3. Teach DSs and DDs to play spoons!

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We play "Rizla-head", which is where you write down a famous personality or character on a cigarette paper, and affix itr= to the forehead of the person opposite you. When everyone is all Rizla'd up, you take it in turns to ask "yes/no" questions about your identity ("Am I alive? Am I female?") until you work out who you are. Hilarity ensues.

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I've always loved Spoons, but nothing can surpass my love for Egyptian Ratscrew (kid-friendly variant names listed at the top of the page). It's a slapping card game that gets very intense and can go on for hours. Variants are many and numerous, but my preference is as follows:

-No jokers
-Only pairs and triples slapped (I've never had the pleasure of the Pyromania variant)
-One-card penalty for a false slap
-Five false slaps and you're out of the round, with all your cards going to the bottom of the pile
-Bystanders and those out of play welcome to slap in, with the "learn by immersion" variant in use when the majority of players already know the game.
-No rings!
-Flat-handed slap only
-"Slide battle": In the event that two players slap a card at the exact same moment (ie, their hands are both on a different part of the card and do not overlap at all), they each lay their fingertips (no thumbs) on opposite edges of the card and try to slide it towards themselves. The pile goes to the victor.
-"Hover-slam": If a player frequently or repeatedly "hovers" one hand over the pile, another player can place a hand over his and force it down, then call the penalty for a false slap.

Apparently I need to bring a deck of cards up to my aunt's for Christmas. *really wants to play now*

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quote:
Originally posted by mags:
Playing cards with my family is one of the things I am most looking forward to this Christmas, so I was wondering if others have traditional games they like to play at family gatherings.

Last year I got really angry at my cousins, because they "decided" unilaterally that we wouldn't have Christmas Eve at my grandparents like we always have, because one of their baby's-daddy wanted his kid for Christmas Eve, my Grandma was saying she didn't want to do the big Christmas Eve thing at their house because it had been hellish the year before (I wasn't there, because I was preparing to move back to the state a couple months later, but if I had been, I know I could have smoothed a lot of the problems over), it was more convenient for them to exchange gifts after Christmas, blah blah. After I got over my initial indignation, I called up Grandma and asked her if it would be ok for just me, and my sister, and my parents, and my aunt (these cousins' mother) if she wanted to, to come over and just play cards like we traditionally do when we're all together. She said it was ok, and somehow miracuously, even though they thought they couldn't make it, so tried to cancel it for me, my cousins showed up with their kids too.

This year, my aunt and cousins "decided" for me that Christmas Eve should be at my house (I think they were surprised when I agreed), then about a month ago, decided again that "we" weren't going to be able to do Christmas Eve at all. Once again, I called up my Grandma and asked if we could play cards there on Christmas Eve.

Anyway, to the main point, the game we like to play is called "Hand and Foot." I've also heard it referred to as "Hands and Feet" by someone from my hometown. It is similar to Canasta, only red threes are really bad (-500 points if you have one unplayed when someone else goes out), and there are two hands of 11 cards, a hand you play first, and a "bootie", which is a second hand you pick up and play once you play all the cards in your first hand.

I've been playing it since I was too young to even count up my cards. It makes a very good get-together game, because it doesn't take an enormous amount of concentration so it's a good excuse to get us all around the table to just chat, and because any number of people can play, you just need one more deck of cards than you have people.

So, what do you play when your family is together?

WOW! We play hand and foot too!

You are the only other person I've found that plays that game.

Thats so cool!

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We play Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary and whatever game we got for Christmas. My favourite is Trivial Pursuit because it's the only time I'm smarter than my brother.

After a few glasses of egg nog we're all ready for a rousing game of Bulls**t.

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Trivial Pursuit is also a holiday tradition in my family, though my sister and I are no longer allowed to be on the same team. It seems that between the two of us we have absorbed every bit of useless trivia in the world.

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We play Pitch. If we can't get enough people who remember the rules (or are drunk enough for us to think our teams are even) we play Spades instead.

I have learned many, many things about my father and his siblings from late-night-until-two-in-the-morning Pitch games!

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mags
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quote:
Originally posted by Tabbymago:
I've always loved Spoons, but nothing can surpass my love for Egyptian Ratscrew (kid-friendly variant names listed at the top of the page).

This makes me really nostalgic. I never really played that much with my family, but I played it a lot with my friends in high school.

I was a band geek, and because we all were generally trustworthy kids, we had a pretty much open-door policy to use the back hallway of the band room (in between various storage rooms) to congregate during any free periods. Heh, generally trustworthy: knowing our band director would always give us a study hall pass if we asked, sometimes a group of us would put all our names on one, forge his name to it (always signing your four-letter name in capital block letters is making it a bit too easy), and head on down.

So, I often found a willing group to play. I tended to be pretty cutthroat, so I was always one of the last players. I remember one time, the game was down to two of us, me and one of my best male friends. After awhile of hunching over closer and closer to the pile, my friend pointed out to me that my wearing a tank top with no bra and leaning over like that in front of him was making it a little difficult for him to concentrate on the cards. I told him, "good, then I'll win!" [Smile]

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