Whether you are celebrating Easter, Thanksgiving, or the Fourth of July, chances are good that you are together with family or friends. The occasion might call for a little ice-breaker. Get a party started with puzzles or games centered on the theme of your gathering.
In the Christian world, Easter is the holiest of holidays. Usually, the day begins with a celebratory visit to a church. Then, family and friends come together for a luncheon or dinner.
Since the occasion is what brought you together in the first place, remain on-theme and offer Easter puzzles to your guests to play individually or as a group. Games can include crossword puzzles, word searches, and memory games for all ages.
Mother's Day Puzzles
Mother's Day is a day to show your mom (or grandma) how much you love and appreciate all that she means to you. If your mother is a puzzle lover, then the perfect gift for her might be a personalized photo puzzle. Transform a beautiful photo memory from a day you loved spending with your mom into a custom-made jigsaw puzzle.
Spend the day reminiscing with mom about fun times and the day depicted in the photo as you put the pieces together.
Ordering the puzzle is as easy as electronically sending your favorite photo to an online photographic product company like Shutterfly to reproduce it into a sturdy cardboard puzzle.
Games for Religious Holidays
You may have noticed that Christian holidays often coincide around the time of Jewish holidays or pagan holidays; Judaism and pagan beliefs predated the coming of Christ. A commonality they all share is the transition of seasons. Take a closer look at the origins of Halloween, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. Here are games you can play to learn fun facts about the occasions.
- Halloween puzzles: Halloween, a night shrouded in mayhem and trickery, may seem like an evil date, but it is a celebration of the Christian feast of All Hallow's Day. It coincides with Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter.
- Christmas puzzles: Billions of people around the world celebrate Christmas. The holiday is an annual religious and cultural celebration commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. The holiday is not sacred for everyone; some culturally celebrate the season with Santa Claus while other holidays, such as Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and the winter solstice, are celebrated around the same time.
- Valentine's Day games: St. Valentine's Day is a liturgical celebration of an early Christian saint named Valentinus. The Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February to Christianize the pagan celebration of Lupercalia, an ancient Roman fertility festival in preparation for the coming spring.
National Holiday Games and Quizzes
Word searches, quizzes, and kid-friendly games themed on American holidays are a fun way to commemorate the holidays that bring you together for Thanksgiving, New Years, President's Day, and the Fourth of July. Take a look at how the holidays came to be and the games you can play to celebrate the day.
- Thanksgiving games: Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. In the U.S., Americans recognize the "First Thanksgiving" as the three-day harvest feast of the Pilgrims and Native Americans in 1621.
- New Year games: In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening gatherings where people dance, eat, drink, and set off fireworks at midnight to mark the new year.
- U.S. Presidents Day games: Presidents Day is a federal holiday initially celebrated in honor of George Washington, the first president of the U.S., but now commemorates all presidents who have served as president.
- Independence Day trivia: Independence Day or the Fourth of July is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring the 13 American colonies a new nation.