Christmas gifts almost always come with a Christmas Bow. The wrapping paper, ribbons, and the bows are used to decorate and bring attention to the gift. It's not the bow that is important, but the gift it adorns. It is sad that so many people are enjoying all the wrappings of Christmas and the decorations, but they have forgotten about the gift – God with us – Emmanuel – the birth of Christ.
Games using Christmas Bows
- Christmas Bow Pass – In this game, teams race to pass the Christmas bows from one end of the line to the other while holding hands. Divide the youth group into teams of 6 to 10 young people and have the teams line up side by side. At one end of the line place six Christmas bows and at the other end have a basket where they can drop the bows. Give them the following instruction: “With your left hand, grab the right wrist of the person on your right.” Teams must pass all the bows down to the end, and then back, without disconnecting to win. They may only touch the bows with their right hands. If a bow is dropped, the team must retrieve it while remaining connected. If the chain breaks all the bows currently being passed must move back to the beginning of the line.
- Pass the Christmas Bow Gift Exchange – Played like “hot potato” Pass a bows around the circle while listening to Christmas Carols. When the music stops, whoever is holding the bow gets to pick a present from under the tree and places it in their lap or under their chair. The game continues until everyone gets a gift. If the music stops and someone is holding the bow who already has a gift it goes to the next person on the right who hasn't had a gift yet.
- Christmas Bow Hunt – This is just like an Easter egg hunt – only with Christmas Bows! Hide all the bows in a room, or all around the house and have everyone search for them.
- Christmas Bow Fight – Place a long jump rope or string down the middle of the floor to divide the room into 2 equal halves with one team on each side. Each team starts with an equal number of bows. Set a timer for 2 – 3 minutes and when the game starts, participants pick up the bows and throw them to the other team's side of the room! When the timer goes off, everyone drops all the bows and counts how many bows are on their team's side. Whichever team has the least amount of bows wins.
- Taboo Word – Everyone is given a Christmas bow to pin on their shirt at the beginning of the party or event. A word is chosen that everyone is not allowed to say. (e.g. Santa) If anyone says the taboo word to someone else during the event, they must give them their Christmas bow. They pin the bow on their shirt alongside any others they have collected. Everyone ends up trying to get others to say the forbidden word. At the end of the event, the person with the most Christmas bows pinned to them, wins.
- Christmas Bow Tree Race – The youth divide into two teams of an equal number of players. One person on wach team is designated as a gift and stands on the opposite end of the room from his or her team. On go, one person at a time on each team must grab ONE bow from a basket and run to the “gift” and stick it on to his or her arms or head. Youth can only stick bows on the arms and head. The team that attaches the most bows to the gift in a given amount of time wins. Bows that fall off don't count.
- Christmas Bow Balance – Prepare two baskets of bows of various colors in each. The baskets should contain an equal number of bows of each color. As you call out a color, the next person on each team runs to his or her basket, and puts as many bows of the specified color on his or her head as they want and walks back to his or her team. If even one bow falls off, they have to try again. Call out the colors in random order. At some point call the game and the team with the most bows wins.
- Christmas Bow Blow – Tape two lines on the floor at opposite ends of the room as goal lines. Teams blow the bows along the floor to the opposite goal and back. First team to complete the relay wins.
- Christmas Bow Grab – Play like the regular game of Spoons, but substitute Christmas Bows for the spoons. In the middle of the table, place one less Bow than the number of players you have. Shuffle a standard 52 – card deck and deal 4 cards to each person. Have everyone take one of their cards and discard it to their left simultaneously. The person to the right of the dealer, however, should put one of their cards down on the table to start the discard pile, while the dealer picks up a new card. Repeat this process of everyone passing to the left. Each round the dealer should pick up a new card and the person to their right should add to the discard pile, so as to have a continuous influx of new cards. The first person to have 4 of a kind (e.g. all 4 aces or all 4 nines) has to pick up a bow. Following this, all other players need to do the same, with the slowest person left without a bow and out of the game.
- Pin the Bow on the present – In this Christmas version of the classic kids game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, blindfolded kids try to pin the Bow where the ribbons cross on a gift wrapped box.
- Christmas Bow Toss – Bows are tossed at wrapped Gifts boxes labeled with various point values. If it lands on top you the points. You can play with harder to hit targets which are worth more points.
- Christmas Bow Fan – One Contestant from each team must stand behind a Christmas bow holding a gift box. When the clock starts, each contestant may start fanning the bow with the gift box. Contestants and the gift box may not touch the bow at any time or the game is over. To complete the game, contestant must get the bow in a designated end zone area (taped square on the floor) within the 60 – second time limit. The bow must come to a complete stop without exiting the designated end zone.
- Christmas Bow tennis – Youth split into two teams across from each other on opposite ends of a table. The objective is to blow the Bow off the opponent's end for a point.
- Christmas Bow Tag – With a glue gun or piece of adhesive tape, attach bow to a clothespin. You'll need two for each participant. When you start the game, give every person two of the bows as they enter. When everyone has their Bows, tell them you're giving them two minutes to get rid of their bows. The only way for participants to get rid of the bows is onto pin them to someone else. Award a prize to the person with the least number of bows. Icebreaker idea: After playing the game, each person must state one Fun Fact about themselves for each bow pinned to them. If they have no bows they only have to say ONE thing about themselves.
- Christmas Bow Target Practice – Set up a series of rings (or wreaths) hanging from a string as targets. Have youth take turns trying to toss bows through the various size rings or hoops for points. The smaller the target the higher the points.
- Christmas Bow Collector – Each youth is blindfolded, given a large wooded spoon, and placed in from of a large gift wrapped box with the lid off and filled with Christmas Bows. They must also hold a similar box on top of their head. In the time given the blindfolded youth compete by using the spoon to scoop bows into the box on their heads while everyone else watches. Many times, they will deliver empty spoons to their heads and many times they will miss the box. When time is up, the youth with the most bows in the box on their head wins.
- Christmas Bow Nosedive – You'll need small bows, Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline), and Bowls. Set up the bowls a foot apart, with the bows placed in 1 bowl. When the clock starts, each contestant may dip their nose in petroleum jelly and attempt to pick up a bow with their nose. Players may only apply petroleum jelly by dipping their nose in petroleum jelly. The player must deposit the Christmas bow into the end bowl directly from the nose without coming into contact with any other body part or object. To complete the game, a player must be the first to transport 5 bows from the start bowl to the end bowl, with all 5 Christmas bows in the bowl concurrently.
- Christmas Bow Mind Meld – Put a Christmas Bow between two people's foreheads and race to the finish line.
- Christmas Bow Toothpick Relay – Each youth holds a toothpick in their teeth and they must pass a Christmas Bow down the row of youth to the end of the line. First team to pass the all the Bows to the end wins. No hands allowed.
TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
- Describe some of the Christmas Presents under your tree?
- How are they wrapped? What colors are the Bows?
- What are some of the things we need in order to wrap a Christmas Present?
- The wrapping paper, ribbons, and the bows are used to decorate. How may of you would like to get a Bow for Christmas? Just a bow?
MAKE IT SPIRITUAL
- What are some of the things we think about when we think about Christmas?
Christmas is not about the decorations. It is about the gift. With Christmas comes a lot of decorations – There are the Christmas trees; there are Christmas lights, Christmas carols, Candy Canes, Angels, Nativity Scenes, Christmas Cards, Christmas Bows, Wrapping paper, and even Santa Claus and elves. But these, like a Christmas bow are only the decorations. They aren't the most important thing about Christmas. Christmas is about the greatest gift – It is about Jesus.
It is sad that so many people are enjoying all the wrappings of Christmas and the decorations, but they have forgotten about the gift.
Read the Christmas story from the Bible:
Matthew 1:18 – 25; Matthew 2:1 – 12; Luke 1:26 – 38; Luke 2:1 – 20.
MAKE IT PERSONAL
How many of you never open your gifts at Christmas? You just leave them with all the wrappings on them under the tree, never to find out what is inside. Many people enjoy all the wonderful things about Christmas, but they have missed the Christ in Christmas. The gift of Jesus, of peace with God, of salvation is never received and remains just something to look at or just another decoration.
Unless Jesus is received in our hearts the gift might as well remain like an unopened gift under the tree.
Let your light so shine that people will know the true gift of Christmas isn't in all the decorations, but in Jesus.