• We often encounter church people who suggest that it might better to give $15 to the poor instead of buying The Christmas Game.┬áThere are three reasons why this argument is misguided and leaves everyone worse off. First, exhortation and shaming are not effective at changing people's behaviors. By contrast, The Christmas Game is a proven framework that encourages and institutionalizes acts of kindness far in excess of $15. In other words, if your family plays The Christmas Game, you will end up doing much more than donating $15 to a...

  • Many Kindness Cards in The Christmas Game focus on ways to help others. But it is just important to acknowledge when others have been kind to us. Card 63 (Deck 2) directs all players to write a thank you note to someone who did something nice for them this month. One way to generally improve your mood is to spend some a few moments each day thinking of the good things that have happened to you, and of the nice things people have done for you. And one way to...

  • 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. ┬áThe Christmas Game's primary purpose is to help your family live the Christmas values you care about most. So the Christmas Game does encourage...