If you’re looking for a fun and interactive game to play at your next Christmas party, the Left Right Across Christmas Game Printable might be just what you need. This game is perfect for a variety of settings, including family gatherings, office parties, and women’s ministry events.
In this version, the story is centered around the Christmas season, making it a festive addition to any holiday celebration. The game is easy to play and can accommodate a large group of people, making it a popular choice for Christmas gift exchanges.
One reason why the Left Right Across Christmas Game Printable is so popular at women’s ministry parties is because it encourages interaction and laughter among participants.
The game is designed to be lighthearted and fun, which can help break the ice and create a sense of community among attendees. Plus, the printable version of the game makes it easy to distribute and play, even if you have a large group of people.
Understanding the Game
The Left Right Christmas game printable is a fun and interactive gift exchange game that can quickly become a Christmas tradition.
It’s perfect for a medium to large group, and it makes Christmas time parties even more fun!
How to Play
To play the Left Right Across Christmas game, each person participating should bring a wrapped gift to the game. The gifts should be placed in a pile under the Christmas tree.
The game leader should then read a story that includes the words “left” and “right” throughout the story. If you aren’t sure what story to read, don’t worry. I have 6 free Nativity and Bible based left right stories below that you can download free.
Each time the word “left” is mentioned, the gifts should be passed to the left, and each time the word “right” is mentioned, the gifts should be passed to the right.
When the story ends, each person should open the gift that they are holding. The game can be played multiple times with different stories to keep the game interesting and fun.
Preparing for the Game
Before you start playing, there are a few things you need to do to prepare for the game. First, you need to decide on the gift ideas for the game. The game is usually played with wrapped gifts, so you should decide on the dollar limit for the gifts.
You can set a budget and ask everyone to bring a wrapped gift within that budget. Alternatively, you can assign a theme for the gifts, such as homemade gifts, gag gifts, or personalized gifts. There are variation ideas in the next section to give you a few ideas.
Once you have decided on the gift ideas, you need to print out the Left Right Across Christmas Game printable you want to share.
You can find the Santa Claus and Merry Christmas printables online, you can create your own, or you can use any of the free Nativity versions I have below. Each printable includes the instructions for the game and the story that will be read during the game.
Before the game starts, you need to gather everyone in a circle and give each person a wrapped gift. Make sure that the gifts are evenly distributed around the circle. You should also have a timer ready to keep track of the time.
To play the game, the host will read the story out loud, and each time the word “left” or “right” is mentioned, the gifts are passed in that direction around the circle. When the story ends, the person holding the gift gets to keep it.
If you’re looking to switch things up with the Left Right Across Christmas Game Printable, there are several variations you can try.
You may want to do something a little different than ‘serious’ gifts. Here are a few simple game ideas to change things up in a fun way:
- White Elephant Game Gift Exchange Version: Instead of buying a new ‘real’, have everyone bring a wrapped white elephant gift to the party. These could be joke gifts or simply currently unused items from the home. Play the game as usual and have the participants pass gifts. However, when the story ends, everyone opens the gift they’re holding. Then, players can choose to keep their gift or swap it with someone else’s.
- Ornament Exchange Version: Instead of passing around wrapped gifts, have everyone bring a wrapped Christmas ornament to the party. Play the game as usual, but when the story ends, everyone opens the ornament they’re holding and can choose to keep it or swap it with someone else’s.
- Candy Bars Exchange Version: Instead of passing around wrapped gifts, have everyone bring a wrapped king-sized candy bar. Play the game as usual, but at the end of the story, everyone opens the ornament they’re holding and can choose to keep it or swap it with someone else’s.
No matter which version you choose, they’ll all offer a fun gift exchange game for the ladies in your group.
Find the Perfect Christmas Story for Your Ministry Party
Our Christmas gathering is one of my favorite gatherings of the whole year. Christmas parties are a great way to bring everyone in the group together and celebrate the holiday season.
We have met at restaurants and in people’s homes for our holiday party. Either place works well. Just make sure you have plenty of room for everyone. One of our favorite restaurants has a large back room we reserve. They have the tables set up for us in a ‘U’ shape so we can sit around and still see everyone. We eat dinner, talk, and laugh…a lot.
Then, we’ll have a short devotional or message and often make a craft such as a DIY Fabric Christmas Ornament. After that, we play some type of present exchange game. It seems that a gift passing game is the favorite of the majority, and I can totally understand why.
A Christmas left right game is so much fun. You get lots of laughter and silliness as you watch everyone try to think fast enough to pass their gifts whichever direction is called. It’s just really a fun time.
If you decide on a left-right Christmas game, you’ll want a great story for the perfect game.
Here are a few free stories to get you started:
A Biblical LEFT RIGHT Christmas Story
Once upon a time, in a humble village, a group of friends and neighbors gathered for a special Christmas celebration. This year, they decided to add a unique twist to their gift exchange by incorporating biblical stories into the festivities.
As the evening began, everyone sat in a circle, each holding a beautifully wrapped gift. The host of the evening, Sarah, explained the rules of the game. “Listen closely,” she said, “whenever you hear the word ‘LEFT’ in the story, pass your gift to the person on your left. And when you hear the word ‘RIGHT,’ pass it to the person on your right. Let’s begin!”
With eager anticipation, the guests settled in, and Sarah began the story:
“In the city of Bethlehem, a bright star shone in the sky, leading three wise men from the EAST to the humble stable where Jesus was born. They came bearing gifts—GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, and MYRRH. Joseph, Mary’s betrothed, watched over them with love and care. LEFT with a feeling of awe, the shepherds who had been tending their sheep all night journeyed to the stable as well. They had heard the angels’ glorious song, guiding them to the newborn king.
Mary held baby Jesus in her arms, her heart filled with love for her son, the SAVIOR of the world. RIGHT then and there, in that simple stable, a profound miracle took place. Angels rejoiced ABOVE, spreading the good news to all who would hear. LEFT in wonderment, the people who heard the shepherds’ story marveled at the humble beginning of this great king.”
As the story continued, gifts were passed from LEFT to RIGHT and RIGHT to LEFT, just as the words dictated. Laughter filled the room as gifts crisscrossed the circle, and each person’s hands were busy receiving and giving.
“As Jesus grew, he became known for his wisdom and teachings. He encouraged his disciples to be the LIGHT of the world, shining brightly in the darkness. He performed miracles, turning water into wine, feeding the hungry with just a few loaves and fish, and even calming the storm at SEA. People gathered from the LEFT and the RIGHT to listen to his parables and lessons.
One day, as Jesus walked along the shore of the SEA of Galilee, he saw fishermen casting their nets into the water. ‘Come, follow me,’ he said to them, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately, they LEFT their nets and followed him, knowing he was the true path to salvation.”
The story weaved its way through the lives of biblical figures, from LEFT to RIGHT and RIGHT to LEFT, just as the gifts moved among the participants. With each passing moment, the room was filled with joy and camaraderie, as the participants continued to exchange gifts and relish the story’s twists and turns.
Finally, as the story drew to a close, Sarah said, “And so, as we gather here to celebrate Christmas, let us remember the messages of love, hope, and salvation that these biblical stories convey. May we be inspired to share these gifts with those on our LEFT and RIGHT, spreading joy and kindness throughout the world.”
The participants exchanged their final gifts, each person holding a treasure chosen with care. As the evening came to an end, the true spirit of Christmas had been experienced—a celebration of giving, sharing, and connecting through the timeless stories of faith. And in that small village, the tradition of the LEFT RIGHT Christmas gift exchange continued to be a cherished reminder of the greatest gift of all—the gift of love.
Print a copy of this Christmas party game HERE.
The LEFT RIGHT Journey to Bethlehem
In a distant land, a group of friends and family gathered for a special Christmas celebration filled with wonder and faith. This year’s festivities included a unique LEFT RIGHT gift exchange, intertwined with biblical tales, adding a touch of enchantment to the holiday joy.
Amidst the flickering candles and cozy atmosphere, Rachel, the host of the evening, announced the game rules. “Listen closely,” she said with a smile, “whenever you hear ‘LEFT,’ pass your gift to the left, and when you hear ‘RIGHT,’ pass it to the right. Let’s begin!”
With eager anticipation, the guests settled in, clutching their festively wrapped presents. Rachel began the story:
“In the times of old, when the world was new, a righteous man named Noah was chosen by God to build an ark. God saw the wickedness of the world and told Noah to gather two of every kind of animal, from the LEFT and RIGHT, to ensure their survival in the great FLOOD that was to come. Noah and his family worked tirelessly, following God’s command, and when the rain came pouring DOWN, they were safe and sound in the ark.”
The guests exchanged gifts as the story unfolded, their hands moving LEFT and RIGHT, mimicking the journey of Noah’s ark.
“After the FLOOD, God made a covenant with Abraham, promising him descendants as numerous as the stars. Abraham and his wife Sarah, who were very old, were blessed with a son named Isaac. LEFT in amazement by this miracle, they knew that God’s promises would always come to fruition.
As generations passed, a young shepherd named David arose from humble beginnings. He was anointed as king, chosen by God Himself. With God’s guidance, David used a single stone from the brook to defeat the giant Goliath, proving that even the mightiest can fall when God is by our RIGHT side.”
The room was filled with anticipation and laughter as gifts were exchanged, moving LEFT and RIGHT among the guests.
“Many years later, a star shone brightly in the sky, guiding three wise men from the EAST to the birthplace of Jesus, the newborn king. They brought gifts of GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, and MYRRH, honoring the divine presence that had come DOWN to earth. LEFT in awe, they worshiped the Savior who would bring salvation to all.
Mary and Joseph, following God’s call, embarked on a long journey to Bethlehem. The road was winding and filled with challenges, but they knew they were being guided by a Higher Power. Arriving in Bethlehem, they found shelter in a stable. RIGHT there, in the humblest of settings, Jesus was born, bringing LIGHT and hope to the world.”
As the story concluded, gifts had traveled from LEFT to RIGHT and RIGHT to LEFT, connecting the participants in a circle of shared faith and joy.
“In this season of giving, may we remember the stories of faith, courage, and promise that have shaped our beliefs,” Rachel said. “May the gifts we exchange remind us of the greatest gift ever given—the birth of Jesus, our Savior.”
With hearts full of gratitude and the warmth of the Christmas spirit, the guests held their final presents, tokens of their shared journey through biblical tales, a LEFT RIGHT gift exchange that had brought them closer to each other and the heart of Christmas.
Print a copy of this fun Christmas gift exchange game HERE.
The LEFT RIGHT Star of Bethlehem
Gathered around the fireplace, friends and family came together for a unique Christmas celebration. This year’s festivities featured a LEFT RIGHT gift exchange intertwined with biblical stories, creating an atmosphere of wonder and reflection.
David, the host of the evening, explained the rules. “Listen closely,” he began, “when you hear ‘LEFT,’ pass your gift to the left, and when you hear ‘RIGHT,’ pass it to the right. Let’s embark on this special journey together!”
With eager eyes, the guests held their beautifully wrapped presents, ready to follow the LEFT RIGHT tale that was about to unfold.
“Long ago, in the land of Egypt, a young boy named Joseph was LEFT with a coat of many colors by his father Jacob. RIGHT from the beginning, his brothers were jealous of the favor shown to him. They sold him into slavery, and Joseph ended up in Egypt, where he faced many trials. But through his unwavering faith, he interpreted dreams and ultimately became a trusted advisor to the Pharaoh.”
As the story progressed, gifts traveled LEFT and RIGHT, echoing the twists and turns of Joseph’s life.
“Generations later, another baby was born under extraordinary circumstances. Moses was placed in a basket and set adrift on the Nile River by his mother, fearing for his safety. But RIGHT when he was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, his life took a new course. Moses was chosen by God to lead his people out of slavery in Egypt, parting the Red Sea to create a path to freedom.”
Amid laughter and the sound of gifts being exchanged, the participants continued to pass their presents LEFT and RIGHT.
“After years of wandering in the wilderness, the Israelites settled in the Promised Land. LEFT with the task of leading them, Joshua succeeded Moses and brought them to victory in battles that defied all odds. The walls of Jericho fell RIGHT before their eyes, a testament to their faith in God’s power.”
The room was filled with a sense of unity and excitement as gifts continued to travel LEFT and RIGHT.
“Centuries passed, and the world awaited the arrival of a special star. A star that would shine brilliantly in the night sky, guiding wise men from the EAST to the birthplace of Jesus. They brought gifts of GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, and MYRRH to honor the newborn King. LEFT in awe of this miraculous event, they recognized that a divine presence had entered the world.”
The story concluded, and the guests exchanged their final gifts, each one carrying the essence of the story’s journey through time and faith.
“As we gather to celebrate Christmas, may we be reminded of the lessons of perseverance, courage, and the divine plan that has shaped history,” David shared. “May the gifts we exchange today symbolize the love, hope, and unity that this season brings.”
With hearts aglow, the participants held their last presents, grateful for the LEFT RIGHT journey through biblical tales that had deepened their appreciation for the Christmas story and the bonds they shared.
Print a copy of this fun Christmas gift exchange game HERE.
The LEFT RIGHT Gifts of the Magi
Amidst the twinkling lights and festive decorations, a group of friends and family gathered for a Christmas celebration like no other. This year, they added a creative twist to their gift exchange by weaving biblical stories into the festivities, using a LEFT RIGHT format.
Emily, the host of the evening, explained the rules. “Listen carefully,” she began, “when you hear ‘LEFT,’ pass your gift to the left, and when you hear ‘RIGHT,’ pass it to the right. Let’s embark on this unique journey together!”
Eager smiles lit up the room as the guests held their presents, ready to participate in the LEFT RIGHT story.
“Once upon a time, in a land of ancient kings and prophetic dreams, there were three wise men from the EAST. Guided by a brilliant star, they embarked on a journey to honor the newborn king, Jesus. Bearing gifts of GOLD, FRANKINCENSE, and MYRRH, they LEFT their homes to find the Savior of the world.”
With each mention of LEFT and RIGHT, gifts were passed around the circle, creating an atmosphere of excitement and anticipation.
“The wise men followed the star’s radiant light RIGHT to Bethlehem, where they found the humble stable where Jesus was born. They presented their gifts to the newborn King, paying homage to the divine presence that had come DOWN to earth. LEFT with a deep sense of awe, they returned to their homeland, forever changed by the encounter.”
Amid laughter and camaraderie, gifts continued to travel LEFT and RIGHT, symbolizing the journey of the wise men.
“Years later, a young boy named David, armed with only a sling and a stone, faced the mighty giant Goliath. Goliath taunted the Israelites, but David’s faith and courage never wavered. With a single well-aimed stone, he struck the giant RIGHT in the forehead, toppling him to the ground. LEFT in disbelief, the Philistine army fled, and David’s victory echoed through history.”
As the story reached its conclusion, the participants exchanged their final gifts, each one holding a piece of the story they had shared.
“In the spirit of this season, may these stories of faith and courage inspire us to carry the message of love and hope,” Emily said. “May the gifts we exchange be a reminder of the greatest gift of all—the birth of Jesus, our Savior.”
With hearts full of warmth and the joy of shared storytelling, the participants held their last gifts, united by the LEFT RIGHT narrative that had brought the Christmas message to life.
Print a copy of this fun Christmas gift exchange game HERE.
The LEFT RIGHT Journey of Faith
In a cozy living room adorned with holiday decorations, friends and loved ones gathered for a Christmas celebration filled with tradition and meaning. This year’s festivities featured a special LEFT RIGHT gift exchange, interwoven with biblical stories, creating a unique and engaging experience.
Alex, the evening’s host, explained the rules. “Listen closely,” he said, “whenever you hear ‘LEFT,’ pass your gift to the left, and when you hear ‘RIGHT,’ pass it to the right. Let’s begin this journey of faith and giving!”
Excitement filled the air as participants held their beautifully wrapped presents, ready to join the LEFT RIGHT narrative.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He formed Adam from the dust of the ground, breathing life into him. LEFT with the responsibility of caring for God’s creation, Adam and Eve lived in harmony in the Garden of Eden. However, temptation led them astray, and they were RIGHTLY cast out of the garden.”
With each mention of LEFT and RIGHT, gifts moved around the circle, fostering a sense of anticipation and connection.
“As generations passed, a man named Abraham heard the voice of God calling him to a new land. He LEFT his home and journeyed with his wife Sarah to a place of promise. God made a covenant with Abraham, promising descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. RIGHT then and there, the foundation of a great nation was laid.”
Gifts continued to exchange hands, following the LEFT RIGHT pattern and drawing the participants further into the narrative.
“Fast forward to a night in Bethlehem, where a humble stable became the birthplace of Jesus. Angels announced the good news to shepherds watching their flocks in the fields. The shepherds LEFT their sheep and hastened to see the newborn Savior, lying in a manger. RIGHT there, in that moment, they experienced the awe-inspiring presence of God.”
With the story drawing to a close, the participants exchanged their final gifts, each one carrying a piece of the shared journey through biblical tales.
“As we exchange gifts tonight, may we remember the stories of faith, redemption, and divine love that have shaped our beliefs,” Alex shared. “May the gifts we give and receive be a reflection of the ultimate gift—the gift of Jesus Christ.”
With hearts touched by the spirit of the season, the participants held their last presents, grateful for the LEFT RIGHT journey that had deepened their understanding of the Christmas message and brought them closer together.
Print a copy of this fun Christmas gift exchange game HERE.
Creating Christmas Traditions in Your Women’s Ministry
As the holiday season approaches, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about creating new Christmas traditions with your women’s ministry or Bible study group.
Traditions help create a sense of community and belonging, and they can be a great way to connect with one another during the busy holiday season.
One fun tradition to consider is playing the Left Right Across Christmas game. This printable game is easy to set up and can be played with any size group. It’s a great way to break the ice and get everyone laughing and having fun.
Another idea is to host a holiday gathering where everyone brings a favorite Christmas dish to share. This can be a potluck-style event or a more formal sit-down dinner. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy good food and fellowship with one another.
If you’re looking to create a more meaningful tradition, consider doing a service project together. This could be anything from volunteering at a local soup kitchen to sponsoring a family in need for the holidays. Not only will you be making a difference in the lives of others, but you’ll also be strengthening your bond as a group.
Whatever tradition you choose to create, make sure it’s something that everyone can participate in and enjoy. The holiday season is a time for joy and togetherness, and creating traditions with your women’s ministry or Bible study group is a great way to celebrate this special time of year.
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In conclusion, the Left Right Across Christmas Game Printable is a fun and exciting game that can be enjoyed by everyone during the holiday season. This game is perfect for your women’s ministry Christmas party. It’s a great way to bond with each other and create memories that will last a lifetime.
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Connect with Christ this Christmas
The Connect with Christ bundle will help us take the time to focus intently on Jesus. I created this bundle as a way to celebrate Christ during this upcoming season.
It’s packed with activities designed to guide you through internal reflection and strengthen your relationship with Him.
There are lists to help you keep organized so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Plus, there are family activities so that those you can celebrate with can enjoy the time and each other and strengthen bonds. Be sure to check out out:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Left and Right game for Christmas gift exchange?
The Left and Right game for Christmas gift exchange is a popular game that involves passing a gift around a circle while following a story. To play, everyone sits in a circle with a wrapped gift.
The game leader reads a story that includes the words “left” and “right” multiple times. Every time the word “left” is mentioned in the story, the gift is passed to the left. Every time the word “right” is mentioned, the gift is passed to the right. When the story ends, the person holding the gift gets to keep it.
How do you play steal the gift at Christmas? (sometimes known as ‘Stealing in Christian Love’ haha)
Steal the gift at Christmas, also known as a white elephant gift exchange, is a game where participants bring a wrapped gift to a party and take turns choosing a gift or stealing one from someone else.
To play, everyone brings a wrapped gift and draws numbers to determine the order of gift selection. The first person selects a gift and opens it. The second person can either steal the first person’s gift or choose a new one from the pile. This continues until everyone has a gift. Find a festive print out of this fun game in our Connect with Christ this Christmas bundle.
How do you make a white elephant gift exchange fun?
To make a white elephant gift exchange fun, encourage participants to bring unique and interesting gifts. Set a price limit to ensure that everyone’s gifts are of similar value.
Add some fun rules, such as requiring participants to wear silly hats or sing a song before selecting a gift. Consider adding a time limit for gift selection to keep the game moving quickly. Finally, make sure everyone has a good sense of humor and is ready to have fun!