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Student Christmas party

I had a Christmas party the week before Christmas for my international students.  Between the both classes, my students represent South Korea, Thailand, the UK, Australia, the US, Germany, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Japan, and Hong Kong.  20 kids were packed into my small living room, but we had a lot of fun.  I was ready for them with eight games and Home Alone if we got through them all… and they played all of the games I had planned, watched the movie, and ate every cookie, brownie, M&M, and candy cane I had.  Here’s what we did:

  • Eye Witness You.  Divide into two teams, one team goes into a different room and has to alter their clothing in some way.  They come back into the room and the other team has to guess all of the changes.

    Min & Johnny, candy cane relay

  • Candy Cane Relay.  Divide into two lines, give each person a chopstick to put in their mouth.  The team that successfully transfers the candy cane to the end of the line first is the winner.  If they drop the candy cane, the relay starts again with the first person in the line.  So funny to watch!  The kids kept dropping the candy cane because they were scared of getting too close and accidentally kissing their team mate.  So they kept dropping the candy cane and having to start over at the beginning of the line.
  • Mitten Munch.  Divide into two teams, sitting in a circle.  Give each team a pair of mittens and a bowl of Hershey’s Kisses.  On start, one person from each team must take the wrapper off a candy and feed it to the person next to them.  The next person puts on the mittens and does the same thing after the person has swallowed the candy.  This was hilarious because the last girl on one team dropped her Kiss on the floor and the other girl refused to eat it.  Her team was yelling at her but she kept refusing and the other team won.

    Aisha & Arsen, candy cane relay

  • Present Game.  A box is wrapped a ton of times with a prize in it.  Everyone sits around it in a circle.  A hat, oversized gloves, and scarf are also in the center.  The players pass around a die and whenever someone rolls a “six” he runs to the center, dons the winter wear, and tries to open the box.  The next person to roll a “six” replaces the person unwrapping the box, and the winner is the person to tear off the remaining wrapper paper.  Some of the boys desperately wanted whatever was in the box and were rolling around on the floor with it.  The smallest kid just wouldn’t let go, though, and he won a batch of homemade cookies.

    Mark rolled a 6 and stole the box from Stella

  • Christmas Pictionary.  Enough said.
  • White Elephant.  Seeing as our location was Beijing, I probably should have gone with the alternate title, “Chinese Auction,” but I wasn’t sure if that could be racist in any way?  In any case, the two most fought-over items were a pair of baby blue mittens and a very feminine journal . . . and it was the boys who wanted them!!
  • Twister.
  • The Limbo.

The group was divided into those who celebrate Christmas in a traditional Western way, those who celebrate it commercially in an Asian country, and those who don’t celebrate it at all because they’re Muslim.  But a great time was had by all.  The party was a success!

1984 called and it wants its pants back

Ps – I’m including this picture just because of the amazingness of the Korean boy’s acid-wash skinny jeans (on the left).  There was actually a lot of 80’s fashion going on at the party, and to that all I can say is that tights are not pants.

Pps – My Mom didn’t like us watching Home Alone when we were kids, and she sure didn’t want us repeating a lot of it.  The students were parroting all of those things, only this time it was my time to cringe.


One Response

  1. The present game sounds very fun! I never heard of it before. It sounds like the student and teacher stuff is very exciting out there. I am glad you have a lot of fond memories to look back on.

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