Kids are out of school and many people are using up the remainder of their vacation or personal time off days before the end of the year.  With the economy tight and bills high, what is there to do during this holiday break?  Board games.  My list is at the bottom, but here is a list of the top 10 you should consider to use during your family fun nights now and throughout the entire year according to Better Homes and Gardens:

10) Chess

9) Axis & Allies

8) Stratego

7) Risk

6) Battleship

5) Scrabble

4) Monopoly

3) Candy Land

2) Clue

1) The Game of Life

I am familiar with most of the games and agree that they make for great family fun that remains family friendly (until your uncle gets mad during monopoly and throws the board…..).  I think there needs to be several more games added to the list- in no particular order:

  • Cribbage
  • The Farming Game
  • Kings Corner
  • Trash
  • Phase 10
  • Dominoes
  • Rook

Of course none of these include the need for any type of electronics.  Is that bad?  I don’t think so.  There are many of the younger generation (my son included) that would disagree. Entertainment to them needs to have electronic stimulation and high definition graphics.  I will admit it is easy to get mesmerized by some of the games that kids have today like the PSA5, but I grew up playing a 1970’s vintage Mattel Electronics Baseball game.  My brother had the same, but for football.  My game (cover photo) still works.  How many of today’s PS5’s will still be working in 50 years?

Regardless of the games or activities chosen during this holiday season, the time spent with family is more important that the actual activity. Take a look at theses famous people and their board games:

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