Turn Family Game Night into a Winter Tradition

by Heather

As the winter chill sets in and the days become shorter, creating a tradition of family game night can be a heartwarming and delightful way to bring loved ones together. The winter months provide the perfect backdrop for cozying up indoors, sharing laughter, and fostering connections through the magic of games. Today, we’ll explore the benefits of establishing a family game night during the winter season and offer practical tips to make it a cherished tradition for years to come.

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Embracing Warmth and Connection: Establishing a Winter Tradition of Family Game Night

The Magic of Winter Game Nights:

  1. Building Bonds and Creating Memories: Winter can be a magical time of year, and what better way to make it even more special than by spending quality time with family? Family game night offers an opportunity to build strong bonds and create lasting memories. Whether you’re playing classic board games, card games, or engaging in friendly video game competitions, the shared experience fosters a sense of togetherness that can be cherished for years to come.
  2. Encouraging Communication: In our fast-paced lives, it’s easy to get caught up in daily routines and forget to connect with one another. Family game nights provide a dedicated time for open communication, laughter, and shared experiences. From strategic discussions to friendly banter and teasing, games create a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can express themselves, fostering a deeper understanding among family members.
  3. Promoting Healthy Competition: Winter game nights offer an excellent opportunity to embrace healthy competition within the family. Friendly rivalries can spice up the evening and add an extra layer of excitement to the games. Whether it’s a heated round of Monopoly or a thrilling game of charades, the competitive spirit can be a source of joy and laughter for everyone involved.

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Tips for Establishing a Winter Family Game Night Tradition:

  1. Set a Regular Schedule: Consistency is key when establishing traditions. Set a regular schedule for family game nights during the winter months. Whether it’s a weekly or bi-weekly occurrence, having a predictable routine ensures that everyone can look forward to these special evenings and plan accordingly.
  2. Rotate Game Selection: Keep the excitement alive by rotating the selection of games. Introduce a mix of classic board games, card games, and perhaps some new additions to the collection. This variety ensures that each game night feels fresh and offers a new experience for everyone.
  3. Create a Cozy Atmosphere: Enhance the winter game night experience by creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Light some candles, build a fire if you have a fireplace, and gather around comfortable seating. Consider preparing warm beverages and snacks to add to the overall warmth and enjoyment.
  4. Involve Everyone in Planning: Make family game night a collaborative effort by involving everyone in the planning process. Allow each family member to suggest games they enjoy, ensuring that everyone’s preferences are taken into account. This inclusivity helps create a sense of ownership and excitement around the tradition.
  5. Embrace Technology for Remote Participation: If some family members are unable to join physically due to distance or other commitments, consider incorporating technology to allow for remote participation. Virtual gaming platforms, video calls, or even online multiplayer games can help bridge the gap and ensure that everyone can be part of the fun.
  6. Celebrate Special Occasions: Use family game nights as an opportunity to celebrate special occasions during the winter season. Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or simply a weekend get-together, incorporating games into the festivities adds an extra layer of joy and creates cherished memories around these special moments.

In the midst of winter’s chill, the warmth of family game nights can create a haven of joy, laughter, and connection. Establishing this tradition during the winter months not only provides an opportunity to escape the cold but also fosters a sense of togetherness that can last a lifetime. So, gather around, roll the dice, draw the cards, and let the magic of family game night turn the winter season into a time of cherished memories and enduring bonds.

Thanks to our friends at Winning Moves, we have been working on starting a new tradition since Christmas! Today, we are celebrating the games that they sent our family to help us start our new practice of weekly Family Game Nights!


Experience the totally unique gameplay of Monopoly® Scrabble®— the innovative game that combines the best elements of the Monopoly® game with the crossword-building play of Scrabble®.

In place of rolling dice to move around the board, players build words and move ahead by their score. Build a word on a premium space and claim a Monopoly® property.

Clever gameplay twists, along with custom Community Chest and Chance cards, keep things moving at a fast pace.

The winner is the player with the highest total of cash and property value when the last letter tile is played.

Monopoly® Scrabble®— a perfect mash up of two of the world’s most famous, greatest and beloved games.



Celebrating more than 40 years of Pig-tastic fun! Rack up points by rolling the pig-dice but be careful not to ”Pig Out.” A classic party game enjoyed by Oscar nominated star Jeff Bridges!



These fabulous oversized foam swines can hit all the pig poses that their little pig dice cousins do!

Winning Moves LOGO


Winning Moves USA (WMUSA) is a leading maker of board games, card games, and puzzles. Since WMUSA’s first year of operation in 1995, the company has forged a close relationship with one of the world’s largest game companies, Hasbro, Inc., owner of Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley. As a result, many long-lived Parker Brothers and Milton Bradley games are now marketed by WMUSA!

WMUSA proudly markets best-selling titles like Pass The Pigs®Pretty, Pretty, Princess®Rack-O®No Stress Chess®, and more!


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Terri Quick January 9, 2024 - 5:54 pm
This is a great idea
Maria Egan January 14, 2024 - 3:03 pm
Even as my grandkids get older, they still enjoy coming over for game night. A good way to stay connected.
Colleen Debs February 12, 2024 - 7:22 pm
My family loves game night. Agreeing on what game to play can be a challenge in itself!

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