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Christmas Games Old and New


December 25, 2019

A Victorian-era game of "Snapdragon." ILLUSTRATION By Gabriel Nicolet

By Lucie Winborne

The shopping and wrapping are done, the tree is decked out with lights and tinsel. You've hung the holly and you've frosted the cookies, and now you're ... a bit tired of watching the same old Christmas movies and hearing the same carols on the radio. How about taking a leaf from our ancestors' book and gathering the family and friends for some Christmas-themed games instead?


From the 16th century onward, a good Christmas Eve party quite likely included a boisterous game of "Snapdragon." The premise, as zany as it is simple, called for pouring a couple dozen ra...

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