The Christmas party game known as a Yankee Swap is one of the most popular Christmas party games. This site can help you download the Christmas party game rules and variation instructions, find great Christmas party game gift ideas, plus provide resources to plan your own Christmas party game. This is a great Christmas party game for any size group, The Yankee Swap Christmas party game makes traditional gift giving fun and exciting, perfect for the office Christmas party.
If you have a bunch of people to buy gifts for try a Yankee Swap Christmas party game. The Yankee Swap Christmas party game is a great way to save money at Christmas time and have fun too. Instead of bringing a bunch of cheap gifts for everyone consider setting a higher spending limit and bring one really nice gift and have Secret Santa gift exchange.
The game is said to have come from the civil war Christmas tradition of trading prisoners of war with the enemy. Although the origin of the game is disputed, the term "Yankee Swap" in written form itself dates back to the early ninetenth century.
The most popular version of the Yankee Swap Christmas party game also known as a Dirty Secret Santa, or White Elephant Gift Exchange Rules say any number of people may participate, including children. However, the minimum number of participants should be at least four or else the game is not much fun. Each participant is asked to bring along a gift worth no more than a pre-agreed amount, generally around $25.
Each player picks from a hat a number from one up to the total number of participants. Each person gets a crack at picking a gift according to his or her number. The person who picks the first gift opens it to show it to the rest of the company. Then the number two participant picks a gift and chooses to either unwrap it or swap it for the unwrapped gift. If the gift is swapped, the person who had their gift taken from them gets to unwrap the new gift. The game goes on untill everyone has had their chance and then, typically number one has the choice to either keep their gift or swap it with anyone elses gift.
When everyone has opened a a christmas gift some trading should be expected. Trading is perfectly acceptable so that, as much as possible, everyone goes home with a christmas gift they are happy with. Go to the Yankee Swap Christmas party game Rules page to see some variations of the game. Download The Yankee Swap Christmas party game Rules.