Looking for a fun game around the holidays? One that Michelle and I like to play is Family Bingo. Have any of you played this?
Many of you are asking, “Kahuna, how do you play Family Bingo?” In some parts of the world it is called In-law Bingo. You get the point, right? Good news, it’s real easy. As you are trekking to your family or in-laws, make a list of all the crazy things that might be said during your visit. You know all those conversational topics you’re not supposed to discuss with the group you’re visiting? Start with those. Politics! Religion! Same sex marriage! Go though your local newspaper. Surprisingly, your local news will give you an enormously long list of topics. If it’s not controversial, don’t add it to your list.
Once you have your topics defined, you’re ready to start. Using an combination of these news topics and knowledge of the personality types at your family event, start crafting the phrases you might hear to win an exciting round of Family Bingo.
Some bingo boxes are pretty easy. For example, anything mentioning President Obama but the word president is left out. This is a good topic if there are plenty of old people. Old people Family Bingo phrases are worth double points. Same sex marriage will be another hot topic this year. If you’re staying near Indianapolis, get the family to bring up the Bissard sentence that was issued the other day. BOOM and you’re welcome.
Family issues are always fun. Another fun topic is people who owe other family members money. Why isn’t (fill in the blank) dating/working/having a baby? You know these people. This will give you an advantage over your spouse.
There is one rule to this game, you cannot lead a conversational topic. You can hint towards it and hope someone bites, but if you directly mention the topic, you lose a point. To get full points in the round, the topic must be casually brought up and discussed. When the conversation starts to lull, you can use a wild card and jump start it with a national, controversial news event. If a fight breaks out, double points! If the police a called, TRIPLE the points.
Use caution when playing this game around Thanksgiving. Depending on how many points your score, your family may not be talking to each other at Christmas. If you play at Christmas, tempers usually calm down by Easter.
Then, sit back and enjoy.
Have a fun, safe, and enjoyable Thanksgiving.