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White Elephant – A Fun Christmas Game Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in Culture

You may know about Christmas traditions like putting a tree in your living room and singing carols, but have you ever heard of a game called White Elephant? This is a fun and easy gift-giving game you can play with friends and family.

Merry Christmas!

See what it’s like playing White Elephant and learn the rules in this short video:

“Christmas is an important holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. People decorate their homes with a beautiful Christmas tree. They hang stockings on the wall and wait for Santa Claus to bring gifts. Some play an interesting game called White Elephant. Here’s how you play:

Everyone brings a gift and then chooses a number. The first person can pick whatever gift they want. The game continues as more gifts are chosen. If you want, you can steal a gift that’s already been opened. You can then open a new gift, or take one that you like from someone else. If you get a really nice gift, chances are it will be stolen from you. It’s alright – just pick a new one! You might get some candy, a bottle of wine, or a beautiful scarf.

If you’re one of the last to go, there are lots of choices. Take a gift you like from someone else, and they get to open a new one. Hopefully you don’t get too attached to your gift, because it just might disappear. At the end, you might end up with something really funny. The first person also gets to go last, so they get the final choice. Everyone leaves with a gift in this fun and easy holiday game.”

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About the Author: sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


  1. Bill and Carol:

    Thanks, Sasha, we enjoyed the blog and film.

    We wish you and Rachel all the best. If you go to Nicaragua, try to go to Bluefields which is on the east coast, a poor area. Moravians have been there more than 100 years and have a quality high school (much like a Jr. collage. Lots of good things. We’ve been there to lead a retreat and I went back for a Synod of the Nicaraguan Province of the Moravian Church.

    Bll McElveen