Christmas Party Game — Pin the Beard on Santa

Christmas Party Game — Pin the Beard on Santa can take an old game and make it like new!

Birthday parties are made more fun with a variety of parlor games. On the other hand, Christmas parties, while just as festive, seems to have little parlor games to boast. For a change you can set up a Christmas game called  “Pin the Beard on Santa” !

The props needed for this fun game is not difficult to find at all. First, you need to get your hand on a cardboard cutout of Santa’s face. It should neither be too large nor too small — just big enough for everyone to see his jolly looks. You can easily find these at your nearest party supplies store or wherever Christmas decorative items are available.

Playing “Pin the Beard on Santa” requires everyone to try to affix the beard on Santa’s face — which means the beard is not there right at the start. Once you got a cardboard face of Santa, cut the beard off. But don’t throw away that beard; you might want to tape it back after the game, if you intend to use the cardboard face to decorate your home with.

There are many creative ways in which you can create the beard. You can sculpt foam into the shape of a beard, just the right size for Santa’s cardboard face. You can also used crumpled sheets of white paper and pack them together. Or if you want you can create Santa’s beard out of a wad of cotton. Whatever materials you intend to use, glue them on a thick cardboard with a double-sided adhesive tape at the back. You can easily peel the backing of the tape off right before the game. The number of Santa’s cardboard face and beard depends on the number of players competing. If you got 5 players, you need 5 cardboard faces and 5 beards to go with them.

Playing “Pin the Beard on Santa” is just the same as playing “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”, same rules but different set of props. Affix Santa’s cardboard faces next to each other on a flat surface and line up the players a few feet in front of them. Hand them their respective beards, blindfold them and spin them around a few times. On your cue, the players will start trying to pin the beard in hand right where they belong — on Santa’s jolly cardboard face.

Of course, you can always come up with your own version of the game. If you can get your hands on a full-sized Santa cutout, then your players will definitely have more fun trying to pin different Santa parts on a life-sized Santa. They can attempt to pin his boots, buttons on his clothes, his nose, belt — you are only limited by your imagination.

For adult players, you can spice up the game a bit by pinning the chest hair on Santa. You can construct your own cardboard Santa for this version of the game, with his red suit unbuttoned. This may not look like a conventional Santa, but it is fun, nonetheless. Then you can make chest hair out of a wad of cotton or white fake fur. Attach a double-sided adhesive tape at the back, peel it off and have adult players play a naughtier version of the game

What Christmas game is complete without those alluring prizes? A prize may be anything related to Santa or the Christmas Season. Playing “Pin the Beard on Santa” is just as fun and as challenging as other versions of the game.

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