It's that time of year when the holidays are over but the lights are still strung, the leftovers are still edible, and you're still wearing those new sweatpants. Keep the lounge parade going and try out our recommendations for board and card games to play over (what's left of) the holidays. With Canada's temperatures reaching a record low this winter, we suggest gathering around the dining room table with these ten games:
1. Trivial Pursuit
Trivial Pursuit was invented by Canadians Chris Haney and Scott Abbott. Prior to their success as game makers, Haney was an editor for the Montreal Gazette and Abbott was a journalist with the Canadian Press.
A humbling game that's bound to stump anyone. You have 30 seconds to name as many words about Canada that start with the Letter C and to get points, you can't repeat your neighbour's answers. Go.
3. Settlers Of Catan
Addicting is an understatement. Pro tip: When in doubt, throw a Hail Mary and buy development cards.
4. What Do You Meme
Compete to create the funniest meme. Like apples to apples, but for millennials. This one made the list simply because we love the subtle Bieber reference in the name.
Also known as Scrabble on-the-go. We made a new rule: For extra points, spell out Canadian words. Among those accepted are PROVINCE, TRUDEAU, and TOQUE.
6. Ridley's Games Room Quizzes
Ridley's Games Room has a quiz box for every kind of host. They've created simplified games for your Friday night trivia based on music, sports, food, and travel, among other categories.
7. Pass The Pigs
This game is completely based on chance. The pigs are your asymmetrical, unpredictable dice and their landing position is your point system.
Also a Canadian invention, Crokinole is the game retiring in the basement that no one remembers how much they love until dad resurrects it for the holidays.
9. Dutch Blitz
You know it's about to get competitive when you see someone shuffling the classic red, yellow, blue, and green stack of cards. Offer snack intermissions to keep it friendly.
You don't need wit to win, just a steady hand and a bit of luck.