Read this lovely story: your guest pass gifts all over the place. It's a real blast!


You need a bunch of small gifts. You can provide these yourself or ask people to bring them.
Something simple and cheap is best: like sweets, a trinket, or a stocking filler.

PLAYERS: 4 or more

AGES: 5 upwards

One of the most popular party games for Christmas and New Year. This works really well with family and friends.
Kids love it and will end up laughing at the adults when they pass the wrong way. Brilliant fun!


Everyone stands in a circle holding a small gift to give away.
Have the story ready to read.
Explain the rules: every time the word RIGHT is read, everybody passes his gift to the right.
Every time the word LEFT is read, gifts are passed to the left.


Now read the story.
The gift that each person is holding at the end of the story is the gift he/she keeps.

Christmas was almost here and Mother RIGHT was finishing the Christmas baking. Father RIGHT, Susie RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last minute Christmas errands.

“There’s not much LEFT to be done,” said Father RIGHT as he came into the kitchen.
“Did you leave the basket of food at Church?” asked Mother RIGHT?
“I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to,” said Billy RIGHT.” “I don’t have any money LEFT.”

The hall telephone rang, and Susie RIGHT LEFT to answer it. She rushed back and told the family, “Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT’s porch. I’ll go over there RIGHT now and get it,” she said as she LEFT in a rush.

Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas Tree.

By the time Susie RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun trimming the tree. The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating. Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the RIGHT gifts for their family.

Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that’s all that’s LEFT of our story, except to wish you a Merry Christmas, isn’t that RIGHT?