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Today I will be giving you my top 5 original Victorian Christmas games that they played at Christmas. I took the dangerous one’s off like snapdragon and flapdragon and done the ones you can play this Christmas when you are all merry and in the mood for a laugh.

5. Questions And Answers

Known today as truth or dare questions and answers is a victorian game that dates back to 1712 and takes two or more people to play it. It is a game, in which the commander bids his subjects to answer a question which is asked. If the subject refuses or fails to satisfy the commander, he must pay a forfeit [follow a command] or have his face smutted [dirtied.] Truth or dare?-style games may ultimately derive from command games such as the ancient greek basilinda (in Greek: described by Julius Pollux “in which we are told a king, elected by lot, commanded his comrades what they should perform”

4. Squeal Piggy Squeal

. Squeal Piggy Squeal now called Squeak Piggy Squeak is another old victorian Christmas party game played around Christmas time dated back to the victorian era (1839-1901). Squeak Piggy Squeak nothing else but a variation of Blind Man’s Buff. A player is selected to be a farmer. He is then blindfolded and sits on a pillow or a large cushion on the floor. The other players of the game (known as Piggies) are asked to sit in a circle around him. The player who is playing the farmer has spun around twice or thrice. Taking the pillow, he then goes over to one of the players and put it on his lap. He must then sit on the pillow but without touching the piggy with his hands. As and when the farmer sit down again, squashing the piggy, he must say If the farmer identifies the piggy, he must say “Squeak Piggy Squeak”, and the piggy beneath him then makes squeaking noises. And if the farmer identifies the piggy from the squeak then the player becomes the farmer.

3. Charades

We all know the game charades but for those who don’t know charades is a parlour or party word guessing game. Originally, the game was a dramatic form of literary charades: a single person would act out each syllable of a word or phrase in order, followed by the whole phrase together, while the rest of the group guessed. A variant was to have teams who acted scenes out together while the others guessed. Today, it is common to require the actors to mime their hints without using any spoken words, which requires some conventional gestures. Pubs and visual puns were and remain common. A charade was a form of literary riddle popularized in France in the 18th century where each syllable of the answer was described enigmatically as a separate word before the word as a whole was similarly described. The term charade was borrowed into English from French in the second half of the eighteenth century, denoting a “kind of riddle in which each syllable of a word, or a complete word or phrase, is enigmatically described or dramatically represented.” In the early 19th century, the French began performing “acting” or “acted charades with the written description replaced by dramatic performances as a parlour game—and this was brought over to Britain by the English aristocracy. Thus the term gradually became more popularly used to refer to acted charades, examples of which are described in William Thackeray’s Vanity Fair and in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Thackeray snarked that charades were enjoyed for “enabling the many ladies amongst us who had beauty to display their charms and the fewer number who had the cleverness, to exhibit their wit”. Apart from its importance in the book, the scenes were subsequently considered models of the genre. By the time of the First World War, “acting charades” had become the most popular form and, as written charades were forgotten, it adopted its present, terser name. Thackeray’s scenes—even those said to be “in pantomime”—included dialogue from the actors but truly “dumb” or “mime charades” gradually became more popular as well and similarly dropped their descriptive adjectives. The amateurish acting involved in charades led to the word’s use to describe any obvious or inept deception, but over time “a charade” became used more broadly for any put-on (even highly competent and successful ones) and its original association with the parlour game has largely been lost. The very popular game Charades of Victorian times was first mentioned by Charles Dickens and Jane Austin. and this game was considered a favourite of all other games in Victorian times for older children and adults.

2. Pass The Slipper

Pass The Slipper or now called Hunt The Slipper as the name says, the slipper would have been used for this game. But in Victorian times small items were used. In the game, a circle is formed by all the players in which one of the players is asked to stand in the middle of the centre formed by other players. It is mandatory for the player in the middle to close his eyes and as he does the slipper is passed from player to player behind his back. And as the player in the middle opens his eyes, the passing of the slipper immediately stops and the player must guess who holds the slipper. If he is correct, they change places, otherwise, the player closes his eyes again and plays continues. Pass The Slipper was also played during the Middle Ages, but the rules and rhyme for this version of the game come from Victorian Parlor Games by Patrick Beaver, Kate Greenaway’s Book of Games describes the same game with very similar rules.

1. Look About

In the game look about. One of the players have to choose a small object and has to show it to other others. Where everyone is asked to leave the room except for one of them. The object earlier choose is then placed somewhere discreetly. It must be in such a way which is viewed but could be low or high. After some minutes, other players are asked to return to the room and have to look around to find the hidden object. As and when they find it they have to sit down without telling where they actually found it. The game continues until the last player finds the object and then it’s his/her turn to hide it, and the game start over again. Not much is known of the origins of this game or I couldn’t find what I was looking for but I’m sure it dates back to another older game.

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One thought on “Advent; Originals/Top 5 Victorian Christmas Games

  1. I really enjoyed reading this and finding out about these games, most of the facts were unknown to me, so thanks for posting this.More next year please.

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