Christmas Chaos

Whose ready for Christmas?
Who helps their parents organise all the different aspects of Christmas?

Two teams of four. They have to complete a series of quick challenges, all related to common things that are done to prepare for Christmas.

Challenge #1 – Christmas Cards
The Christmas card market in the UK is worth over £1.6 billion!
Teams have 1 minute to locate Christmas cards which are hidden under the chairs of the pupils on their ‘side’ – they must then look inside the cards to see who they are for and put them in the corresponding named envelope at the front. The team with the most cards in the correct envelopes at the end of the time wins.

Challenge #2 – Christmas Knowhow
True/false quiz involving everyone. Each person has a piece of paper on their chair, one side saying true, the other false. Questions relating to Christmas traditions are read out – each side must vote; the majority answer is taken.

Challenge #3 – Wrapping Presents
Teams have 90 seconds to wrap one of their teammates up – the most attractive/well wrapped present wins.

Challenge #4 – Food
We’ve saved the messiest until last…. [Create a build up] An important job for Christmas dinner is the job of stuffing the turkey, so we are going to see which team can stuff a turkey the quickest….. only joking!
Another important Christmas food is chocolate, so we’re going to have a chocolate race. An After Eight Mint is placed on the forehead of each team member – the team who successfully get their mints from their foreheads into their mouths first, wins!

Christmas can be a stressful and busy time. There’s the pressure of buying the right gift or, enough gifts, travelling to see friends and family, buying and preparing the food, wrapping up presents, finishing off work before the Christmas break, getting your cards written and ready for posting, going to parties, putting up the decorations etc. We watch American films which show us Christmas in a snowy town with posh houses, massive department stores and lavish gifts. We look forward to the unveiling of the latest multi million pound adverts from the likes of John Lewis and Coca Cola and millions of us tune in to watch the crowning of the x factor winner, not to mention countless Christmas specials from popular shows such as; Doctor Who, Downton Abbey, Eastenders and Strictly Come Dancing……before we know it we’ve forgotten the point of why we’re celebrating.

Perhaps even the Nativity that we think we know, has been changed, with other details added? • Retooning the Nativity video (available on here –

The first Christmas was very simple. A small baby, born to an ordinary couple, in a quiet town. A baby who’d been promised and anticipated for hundreds of years, a boy who would grow up to be a King, but was born in a shed/cave amongst animals.

Whatever Christmas means for you, take some time this year to think about the very first Christmas.