My Favorite Holiday Game: Mr. & Mrs. Right

Every year on Christmas Eve, before we read about the story of Christmas, we play a silly game called “Mr. and Mrs. Right.” Before playing, I make a trip to The Dollar Store and buy a gift for every guest that comes. Buy things from books, ornaments, small toys to silly things like giant ladies’ underwear, fake nails or anti-itch cream. 
Here’s how you play:
• Everyone sits in a circle.
• One person reads the story of “Mr. and Mrs. Wright” aloud to the group.
• Every time the reader says the word “right,” you pass your gift to the right.
• Every time they say “left,” you pass your gift to the left.
It gets pretty silly; people inevitably hand a gift in the wrong direction causing confusion and giggles. When the story is over, you keep the gift you are holding. It never fails that one of my uncles ends up with a a romantic novel or ladies’ big underwear!
Here’s the story:

The Right Family Christmas was almost here, and Mother RIGHT was finishing the Christmas baking. Father RIGHT, Sue RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last-minute
Christmas errands.
“There’s not much LEFT to be done,” said Father RIGHT as he came into the kitchen.
“Did you leave the basket of food at church?” asked Mother RIGHT. “I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to,” said Father RIGHT.
“I’m glad my shopping is done,” said Billy RIGHT. “I don’t have any money LEFT.”
The hall telephone rang, and Susan RIGHT LEFT to answer it.
She rushed back and told the family “Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us
RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT’s porch.
I’ll go over there RIGHT now and get it.” she said as she LEFT in a rush.
Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree.
By the time Susan RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun trimming the tree.
The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating.
Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping
they had selected the RIGHT gifts for their family.
Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that’s all that’s
LEFT of our story…..
Except to wish you a Merry Christmas….Isn’t that RIGHT?
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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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