The Buzz About The Christmas Game includes this comment from a fan in Hillsboro, Ohio:
"What's different about this game is that it encourages kindness."
The Christmas Game is played with cards, and involves suspense, and is a lot of fun -- but it is different from what we think of as a "game" in the traditional sense, because it is not competitive, and everyone wins. The Christmas Game's primary purpose is to help your family live the Christmas values you care about most.
So the Christmas Game does encourage kindness (along with togetherness, traditions, shared memories, learning, and fun).
Whether you would deliver food to the homeless, bring a present to someone who has to work on Christmas, or forgive someone for a mistake they made, you'll agree that The Christmas Game really is different.
And the difference is that it changes the world. And by changing the world, you change yourself. Research has shown that acts of kindness not only benefit the receivers of the kind act, but also the giver, as a result of the release of neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of contentment and relaxation when such acts are committed.
Over time we may train ourselves to find opportunities for kindness every day. Creatively structuring that search, as The Christmas Game does, may help many become more conscious of how easy it is to help others.
The Christmas Game is not religious, except to the extent that all religions embrace some of the values we associate with Christmas. For example, the Dalai Lama often says, "My religion is kindness."
We hope that the Christmas Game's Kindness Cards, including the creative ones that you add yourself using the blank "custom" cards, make your family's Christmas celebration more meaningful and more satisfying, and that you are able to change the world and change yourself, at least a little bit.