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Christmas is that magical time of year when family and friends gather together and chaos ensues.  Uncle Benny drinks too much spiked eggnog.  Aunt Elizabeth sits in her chair and quietly breaks wind.  Mom and dad squabble over who had what chore to do.  Your siblings discuss your embarrassing childhood moments...

So why not combat the often (but not always) endearing dysfunction with a cheerful little holiday game called "Carols of Dysfunction"?

The game is simple.  There are 72 cards with common Christmas songs (and 12 blank cards in case you need more songs) and a die describing how a drawn card should be performed1.  Perform the song, hope desperately that someone guesses it, and earn points. 

First one to eat all the cranberry sauce wins2!!!


1Clap: Clap your non-dominant on your thigh to the tune of the song.
Fish Lips: Smoosh your cheeks together so you get fish lips and then hum the tune of the song.
Ding: Replacing all words (or notes) with the word “ding,” sing the song.
Meow:  Meow the song or tune.
Wookiee: Make wookiee noises to the tune of the song.
Drum: Tap your hands on the table like a drum to the tune of the song.


2Not really.  No one ever truly wins that game.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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You will minimally need the following (because the guests are already arriving):
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Print out the Carols of Dysfunction (Minimum).pdf, cut out the songs into strips, toss them into a hat (or stocking if you want to be festive), assemble the die, and follow the instructions (or guess what the rules might be - I won't judge).

If you want to take it to the next level and have a game that you can store on shelf and use for years (or give as the most awesomest present EVER), you will need this junk:
  • Copy of CarolsOfDysfunction.pdf printed on cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • 12 oz Can (preferably empty and clean)
  • Can saver lid (the pet food kind)
  • Circle cutter
  • Tape
  • Clear spray paint
  • Contact paper
  • Self-healing mat
CheeseMcGee10 months ago
AMAZING GAME! We had to call an emergency meeting of our company's Funch (Fun Lunch) Club just to play this game. We were uncontrollably laughing, especially when some of the ladies attempted the Wookiee! You could totally sell this game, especially with other themes - 80's, 90's, oldies, kids classics, etc.
AngryRedhead (author)  CheeseMcGee10 months ago
Oh snap! Thank you!
Mister DO10 months ago
I put this together last night. Can't wait to try it out at the Christmas party on Friday. 
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AngryRedhead (author)  Mister DO10 months ago
So beautiful! What container did you use?
Random clear plastic container I found at home. Added bonus that I could line the inside with the instructions and not make it permanent.
Mikiedoo10 months ago
This looks great!
Am going to do one with Movie & TV theme songs, a kids version with kids songs, and one for my parents & their friends to play with 50's-60's!
Thanks for sharing!
My office supply store sells heavy paper discs with a metal rim around them for use as price tags etc. Just write the names of the songs on them.
AngryRedhead (author)  simpleshoemaking10 months ago
Go for it!
1inspirit10 months ago
AWESOME. . . . . ADDS A BIT MORE HOLIDAY CHEER FOR THOSE AWKWARD MOMENTS WHEN THE CONVERSATION DIES DOWN. THANKS
AngryRedhead (author)  1inspirit10 months ago
Nothing better than family and friends caroling like a wookiee! :P
aaron_hollman10 months ago
I wonder if roofing discs would work well as a backing material. They are already circle shaped and would offer some nice "heft" to the cards.
AngryRedhead (author)  aaron_hollman10 months ago
I had to look up what roofing disks were, and I think they might be a bit too thick to fit each card and the die into the can. While experimenting, I realized that regular mouth jar lids fit perfectly inside a 12 oz can, but the problem I discovered was that I could only fit about 54 of them without the die. With the die, it'd be less.

The contact paper I used worked out really well because it's quite thick without being too thick, and it laid down very flat which was another pleasant surprise. It's actually "Adhesive Shelf Liner" from Duck Brand's Easy Liner. I got it a couple years ago though, and I suspect it's no longer available. :(

However, the game isn't limited to the container because that would be kind of silly, so go for it! I love things that have a good hand-feel to them (e.g., bouncy balls). :)
lyndsaylou10 months ago
Played this last night to everyone's amusement what a hoot and gonna do same again but change songs to 70s and 80s theme the possibilities are almost endless xxx
AngryRedhead (author)  lyndsaylou10 months ago
Huh? I just published this today.