Write the words in capital letters on small cards and put on tables or around the room for people to decipher.
- MISSTRACH = Christmas
- RALSOC = Carols
- NIERREED = Reindeer
- TINGOCKS = Stocking
- SLOBNALO = Balloons
- NECIM SEPI = Mince Pies
- LYOLH = Holly
- GUDDNIP = Pudding
- LESTIN = Tinsel
- SHIGLT = Lights
- TANAS SACLU = Santa Claus
- SNIDERCOOT = Decorations
- REET = Tree
- LAGEN = Angel
- DYNAC NECA = Candy Cane
- SLEBL = Bells
- LEDSANC = Candles
- GILSEH =Sleigh
- RENGAM = Manger
- DRESSPEHH = Shepherds
The Christmas ange came to Bethehem. The shepherds ooked and traveed to the owy manger in the stabe where the baby ay in swadding cothes.
The Wise Men foowed the briiant ight of the star ti they finay arrived at the pace where Jesus ived. They were ate as King Herod hed them up and came trave is so sow.
The Wise Men were gad to aight from their cames and behod the gorious scene.
Noel! Noel! Noel!
Tell a well-known nursery story and fill in the missing words. First ask the listeners for words that describe something like, lazy, wet, smelly, happy, excited, nasty, foolish, dark, interesting, radical, stinky, sporty, ugly, good, naughty, cuddly, rude, fabulous, furry, soft, intellectual, horrible, ridiculous, crazy. Write the words on small slips of paper, place them face down, and pick one up at random to fit in the gaps. There are 40 gaps so try and get a lot of words chosen, although they can be used twice. The story of The Three Bears is used here, but you could try Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White, Three Pigs, and others. Or use a nursery rhyme like Humpty Dumpty.
Once upon a time there were 3 ... bears. They lived in a ... house near a ... supermarket. One day they came to the table for breakfast and found they had run out of cereal. Mother bear said, "We will go to the ... supermarket and buy some ... cereal. They put on their ... coats and off they went.
While they were away a ... boy came along on his ... skateboard. He did not look where he was going and crashed into the fence. He fell off his skateboard and hurt his ... knees. His knees were bleeding. He decided to ask for a bandaid at the ... house. There was no-one there so he went into the ... house and found a bandaid for his ... knees. Then he saw the breakfast table. It looked ... He was hungry so he sat at the table. First he sat in Father bear's ... chair. But it was too ... so he got up. Then he sat in Mother bear's ... chair. But it was too ... so he got up. Then he sat in Baby bear's ... chair. It was so lovely and ... that he sat there for a little while. But all of a sudden the ... chair broke with a crash.
The boy was tired so he went in to the bedroom for a rest. First he tried Father bear's ... bed. But it was too ... Then he tried mother bear's ... bed. But it was too ... Then he tried Baby bear's ... bed and it was so lovely and ... that he went straight off to sleep.
The 3 bears had finished at the ... supermarket so they came home with the shopping. They felt very ... They went in to the ... house. They went to the ... table and saw the dishes had been moved. They looked at their ... chairs. Father bear said Someone has been sitting in my chair. It is all ... Mother bear said Someone has been sitting in my chair. It is all ... Baby bear said Someone has been sitting in my ... chair and it is all broken.
Then they went to the bedroom. Father bear said Someone has been sleeping in my bed. It is all ... Mother bear said someone has been sleeping in my bed it is all ... Baby bear said someone has been sleeping in my ... bed and look there he is!
The boy woke up and saw three ... bears looking at him. He jumped out of bed and was just going to run out of the house when baby bear said Stop! Please stay and play with me. You are so ... I want you to be my friend. So the boy phoned his ... mother and asked her if he could stay, and he and baby bear were friends for ever.
People have to walk around the room, or dance, as the music plays, and step on to a piece of Christmas wrapping paper when the music stops. Pieces get removed and made smaller as the time goes on. They are out if they cannot find a piece of wrapping paper to stand on. More than one person can stand on a piece of paper as long as it is big enough to be seen round their foot.
People walk around the room to music. When music stops they must get into groups of 3 and sit on the chairs placed in threes. As time goes on chairs are removed, so people who do not get their threesome sitting down quickly will be out. There will be a lot of grabbing of partners.
Divide people into 2 teams. Each team has to sing the first line or two of a Christmas carol or song. No-one must repeat a song sung by the other team.
Sing the song of the Farmer's in the Dell, while walking round in a circle, holding hands. The second verse is The Farmer wants a wife. Third verse is The wife wants a child. Then The child wants a nurse. The nurse wants a dog. We all pat the dog. A child is chosen for each of those items, while the rest continue walking round them in a circle. For the verse We all pat the dog, everyone stops holding hands and walking around, and they all pat the person chosen to be the dog. This is better if it is an adult crouching down. Gentle patting if possible!
The farmer's in the dell, the farmer's in the dell, Hi, ho, the dairy oh, the farmer's in the dell.
The farmer wants a wife, the farmer wants a wife. Hi, ho, the dairy oh, the farmer wants a wife.
The wife wants a child, the wife wants a child. Hi, ho, the dairy oh, the wife wants a child. Etc.