Can’t Stand Your Family? Ease the Strain With a Holiday Drinking Game


Ah the holidays, a time for sitting around the fire, singing songs and exchanging gifts. For eating ham and basking in your parent’s love, while everyone shares the joy of the season.

Yeah, well… Some people have families that aren’t quite Hallmark snapshots. As my gift to you this holiday season, I am offering a drinking game that will make things a lot more tolerable and interesting. I’m making this as generic as possible, since my family is a bit… odd when it comes to normal holiday traditions. My next few posts will be about the more unique aspects of my family’s holiday celebrations. For now, enjoy my gift to you.

Holiday Drinking Game for Dysfunctional Families

Take one drink every time:

  • A family member makes a comment about why you aren’t married yet.
  • A family member sneaks in a disparaging comment about your career choice.
  • A family member talks nonstop about their recent surgery.
  • A family member constantly brags about their kid.
  • A family member gives anyone “the look.”
  • A family member finds something negative about every piece of good news.

Take two drinks every time:

  • A family member turns every conversation into a chance to talk about themselves. “You just got a promotion at the Shoe World Enterprises? Speaking of shoes, I just bought the cutest pair.”
  • A family member looks over at the children’s table and states, “It sure would be nice if you had something to contribute there.”
  • A family member uses the festivities to announce some drastic bit of news. “Guess what? I’m going to shave my head and join a cult!”
  • A family member asks for a receipt after opening a gift.
  • A family member gives exercise equipment or a gym membership as a gift.

Take three drinks if:

  • A family member starts a food fight.
  • A screaming match breaks out.
  • A family member storms off in tears, smashing decorations as they go.
  • The police end up involved. “No officer, that’s not blood, it’s cherry syrup.”
  • The party ends at the emergency room.
  • A family member ends up drunk, naked and swinging from a strand of holly. (Note: This may be you after playing this game.)
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20 thoughts on “Can’t Stand Your Family? Ease the Strain With a Holiday Drinking Game

    • I imbibed everyday. But the holidays are a special time. Beers tastes so much better when you’ve spiked it with eggnog, scotch, vodka and absinthe. But if you do that any other time of the year, people just see you as weird.

  1. Reblogged this on Christopher De Voss and commented:
    Hello Reblog Thursday. How are you?

    Nothing says great times like Holidays, Family, and Egg Nog which is 90% Alcohol, and 10% Nog. Thank god the cavemen invented drinking games, and thanks to Cartopia you can ease your holiday woes with this version.

  2. Great idea! I will certainly be trashed by the end of this game and it will all probably end my tears, but hey, the numb portion of the day will be worth it!

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