Winter Blogfest: C.J. Fosdick

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Gaming Christmas!

 Moving beyond the Santa Claus stage means entering a new phase in celebrating Christmas. The kids have grown into teen agers, college students and beyond. No more transformers, doll houses, rocking horses and bicycles. No more home visits by a family-designated costumed Santa. At least not until there are grandkids. A practical gift exchange and dinner or buffet now tops the home agenda of many families celebrating Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

However, tearing those older kids away from their cell phones and social media toys after for gift opening and gorging now requires something interactive to grab—and hold—their attention. Games. For several years, we have achieved this with gift games that are surprising and creative. Going through the letters of C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S, we buy one gift at a designated price that represents the letter. For instance, “C” could be cinema tickets, a cashmere scarf, camera, collectibles, crafts, Costco gift card, even cash, etc. (In one of our “S” years, I ended up with a giant sock monkey in a sailor hat, while someone else chose a box of frozen steaks.) Gifts are wrapped and put under the tree. We then choose numbers and number one picks a gift and opens it. Number two either chooses a gift from under the tree or steals number one’s gift and so on. Whoever has a gift stolen down the line immediately picks another gift.

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In recent years, after a buffet, our family looks forward to playing card and board games like 13 Skidoo, Rummikub, Spoons, or Play Nine. We each bring a $10 gift card of choice and whoever wins a game round chooses a gift card. Nobody can win twice until all players have won at least once. As a hostess, who is trying to downsize, I varied this by wrapping up white elephant booby prizes to give to the losers. Everyone now looks forward to Gaming Christmas now!

When Jessica Brewster inherits a mysterious teacup, she finds rubbing it transports her back to 1886, trading places with her look-alike great grandmother—wife to her ancestor’s magnetic first husband and mother to his charming young daughter. True love, a gypsy, and her ancestor’s troubled brother amp up the charade she’s playing. Is her future in the past? Her life hangs in the balance. A Golden Quill finalist and Top 10 Finisher for Author and Book in a P & E Reader’s Poll.

Born and raised in Packerland, Cj moved west to the medical mecca in Rochester, MN where her writing career bloomed with award-winning stories and articles to her time travel novel series inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Though living on a country hilltop haven for decades, she has ventured down on occasion to climb a Jamaican waterfall, float in the Dead Sea, kiss the Blarney Stone and research every adventurous setting for her award-winning novels in the Accidental Series.

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  1. Debra Guyette says

    We used to play Skeet, a card game. You played with a quarter. Christmas does change as the kids get older. Now I have a small grandson and he is so much fun.

  2. Your Christmas traditions sound like a great deal of fun.

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