Essential Family Games for Christmas
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One of my favorite parts of our Christmas tradition is traveling to visit family and spending time together playing lots of games. I created this list for everyone to share your go-to games at Christmas time.

Because our gatherings involve a wide range of ages and include non-gamers, my entries will be on the lighter side of complexity. Please feel free to share your favorite traditions, no matter the complexity.

Happy Holidays!
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1. Board Game: 12 Days [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2807]
Board Game: 12 Days
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12 Days has become a fun tradition for our family's Christmas time together. The theme is perfect, of course, but it also offers an easy entry point for family members who are already familiar with trick-taking games.
 
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2. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:99] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Board Game: Codenames
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Codenames is a great party game that can accommodate large groups. It is a common request at Christmas time! My young daughter especially loves this game.
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3. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1138]
Board Game: Cartagena
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Cartagena is an easy game to learn and tricky to win. We call it Candyland for Pirates, and it is a popular request.
 
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4. Board Game: Sushi Go! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:471]
Board Game: Sushi Go!
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Sushi Go! is a quick drafting game with an adorable theme. Beloved by all.
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5. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:312]
Board Game: For Sale
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For Sale is my favorite auction game. It is so clever and has great artwork to boot.
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6. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:57] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
Board Game: Azul
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Azul is a great abstract tile-selection and placement game. It does a great job at creating "friendly" player tension and interaction every turn.
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7. Board Game: L.L.A.M.A. [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1742]
Board Game: L.L.A.M.A.
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OK.. L.L.A.M.A. is not a tradition yet... It will be a new game for our family this year, but I am hopeful that it is going to go over well. It is super simple, really a variation of Uno, but it is great fun and plays quick. And... I can't help but announce "Llama!" every time a llama card is played.
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8. Board Game: Garbage Day! [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:6204]
Board Game: Garbage Day!
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Garbage Day! is a fun dexterity game, the card game equivalent of Jenga. Our kids love stacking the cards to the limit and then forcing another player into an impossible move.
 
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