We often meet people who praise The Christmas Game, but lament that their kids are too young to play.
We don't think kids are ever too young to play The Christmas Game -- you just choose your cards carefully. Choosing cards is part of the game, and if we need to do something involving strained carrots, there's a card for that!
But there's a better answer: The age or even the presence of children does not matter to The Christmas Game because Christmas is not a children's holiday.
Modern commercialism tells us that Christmas is about giving presents to children -- that's pretty much all that Santa Claus symbolizes.
But Christmas also has a Christian religious significance that is important for people of all ages.
And before the rise of Christmas commercialism, even before the rise of Christianity, adults came together at this time of year for religious parties and festivals.
The Christmas Game is certainly beloved by children, but it is not a children's game. First, we take great pains to find games that are simultaneously appealing to both kids and adults. Second, the kinds of activities we suggest make for meaningful and satisfying annual traditions regardless of whether there are young children present, or if your family is between generations, or if your celebration is an adult gathering.
When we started playing The Christmas Game, our kids were pretty young. Now they are adults, and we still play.
If each Christmas you turn off the TV, turn off the video games, tune out the weird commercialism shopping fantasies, reject corporate-sponsored imagery, and just focus on the people and things you care about most - finding fun ways to help others and make the world a better place, and create lasting memories -- then you are playing The Christmas Game. And if you can introduce The Christmas Game to kids and help them see that there's more to Christmas than what they might be led to believe by The Coca Cola Company, all the better.