Friday, December 21, 2012

Teen Christmas Banquet

Joel and I have had the privilege of helping out with the teens in our Church for years now. We love all of them and we love spending time with them!
Especially during special nights like the 

Teen Christmas Banquet

We reserved a room at a nice restaurant and each teen got to pick what meal they wanted ahead of time from a menu specifically made for us.
(I made name tags to help the servers....)

And, I was in charge of the games! (My favorite part!)

The first game was "Can You Guess The Christmas Song?"
I printed off the sheet shown on the left and gave the teens 2 minutes to guess as many of the songs as they could.

(Found HERE.)

These next pictures capture the teens doing game #2- drawing a Christmas scene on their plates... on their heads!

Here are the rules:

1. Draw a line for a floor.
2. Draw a Christmas Tree.  Add decorations if you feel so inclined.
3. Draw a star on top of your tree.
4. Draw a fireplace with a mantel next to the tree.
5. Draw a stocking hanging from the mantel of your fireplace.
6. Draw a present below the tree.
Players then count up how many points they received by following this:
1. 2 points if the tree touches the floor.
2. 2 points if your stocking is touching your mantel.
3. 1 point if your star touches your tree.
4. 1 point if your star is above your tree.
5. 1 point for every Christmas ornament ball that is ON your tree, etc.
6. 1 point if your fireplace doesn’t touch the tree (it’s a fire hazard!).
7. 1 point if you actually drew something decorative on your stocking (or something cute, like a tiny kitten peeking out).
8. 2 points if your present is under your tree.

(This plate game was found HERE.)

And finally, we always do a 'White Elephant Gift Exchange' at the end of the night.
I spiced it up a little by passing out numbers (1-20) and saying this poem...

1.  Lucky you, you're # 1
You get to start all the fun.
So grab a gift and grab it quick.
Cause you're the one who gets first pick.

2. Number 2 you're on the way.
It's time for you to have your say.
Get your gift and when you're done,
Swap it off with number 1.

3. Number 3 its plain to see.
It's your turn to pick which gift `twill be.
And when your choosing job is through,
Swap with 1 and then with 2.

4. Number 4 must use your head.
So grab a gift that has some red.
If it doesn't suit you to a `T',
You may swap with 2 or 3.

5. Jump to it 5, don't drag your feet.
Take your gift back to your seat.
Wonder of wonders, it's yours for a spell.
But what comes next, you can never tell.

6. Number 6 it's your time to go.
Grab a gift and don't be slow.
Now put on a smile so they won't be sore,
Cause you must swap with #4.

7.  7 is a lucky number it seems,
You choose a gift that has some green.
Poke it, and shake it until you get back.
Now trade with someone wearing black.
8. Number 8 its up to you.
To get a gift that has some blue.
Now go quietly to your place.
Or trade with someone with a smiling face.

9. Nine, we haven't forgotten you.
So choose your gift and don't be blue.
Consider well and when all is said.
Trade with someone wearing red.

10. Number 10 come to the front.
For yours you shouldn't have to hunt.
Now hurry back and look alive.
For you get to swap with #5.

11. Your turn 11 is finally here.
Pick a gift and hold it near.
Back at your seat look both ways.
If your choice was right then it may stay.

12. Number 12 jump to it sir/girl.
Make your choice, and with a whirl
Glance around to see who's where.
Swap with whomever's got the darkest hair.

13. Well, now, what do you know.
It's finally 13's turn to go.
There you go, you're doing fine.
Now swap with 3 or 6 or 9.

14. Number 14 it's your turn to shine.
So find a gift and don't you pine.
Somewhere you really have a friend.
You get to trade with number 10.
15. Number 15 how do you do?
There should be a fit up there for you.
So pick one out without delay.
Now trade with someone wearing gray.

16. Number 16 your patience is great.
Go get a gift and don't be late.
When your return, spin around.
And switch with someone wearing brown.

17. 17 your choice is here.
Find a box and hold it near.
When you return and look behind.
Swap with 11 if you don't mind.

18. Number 18 boogie to the tree.
Choose the largest gift you see.
Admire it well, then turn with a wink.
And swap with someone wearing pink.

19. Now #19, do as you're told.
Find a gift which has some gold.
When you've chosen we must be fair,
Trade with whoever has the blondest hair.

20. Number 20 how patiently you've waited.
Go get a gift before it's outdated.
However, one last swap is due.
With the gal who's sitting left of you.

The originally poem goes up to 50 people. We only had 20 so I changed # 20's last two lines to end the game.
I found this neat idea HERE

(My gift)

And there's always a hilarious one.....

The whole group!
(So glad we get to spend time with these teens!)

And you have to be a little crazy to work with the crazies, right?!?!!?!

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