Can you imagine what Christmas might be like without television, copious amounts of booze and an Xbox?
If not, then it might be time to put away the remote control and get in touch with your 19th century self.
Parlour games invented by past generations are a fantastic way to end up in fits of giggles on Christmas Day.
You'll soon remember how funny you find your family, when they're blindfolded, helpless, and calling your name from the upstairs landing.
This year, take a leaf out of the Downton Abbey handbook, ditch your digital gadgets and start dishing out homemade forfeits to all your friends and family.
After all, nothing say 'family fun' like forcing your loved ones to obey your commands, after they've lost at charades for the third time.
Here's our round-up of the best party games from times gone by.
According to the <a href="http://www.worldofmonopoly.com/history/index.php">World Of Monopoly</a>, individuals have been playing a variant of this game since 1904, when Elizabeth Magie (pronounced McGee) was granted a patent for a board game called The Landlord’s Game. By 1935, a board game that resembles modern day Monopoly was being sold, and since then, more than one billion people have played the game and more than six billion little green houses and 2.25 billion red hotels have been “constructed”.
Newspaper Christmas Crossword
The newspaper crossword tradition began in America in the early 20th century, but soon made the voyage across the Atlantic. The Daily Telegraph were the first broadsheet off the mark, followed soon by The Times, who are now famous for their cryptic crosswords. The first Times crossword editor, Adrian Bell, had never set a puzzle before in his life, when he began the job. But, as the son of a newspaper editor, experience was no barrier to promotion. His first appeared in the weekly edition on 2 January 1930 and he went on to set around 5,000 puzzles between 1930 and 1978. Bell is credited with helping to establish its distinctive cryptic clue style, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Bell">according to Wikipedia</a>.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word 'charades' comes from 18th century French, which rather suggests that our neighbours helped form one of Britain's favourite parlour games. If you choose to guess puzzles from acted out clues this Christmas, then you'll join the ranks of centuries of party lovers.
One of our HuffPost writers admitted that she plays bingo every year with her grandparents. According to the internet (<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bingo_(U.S.)">aka wikipedia)</a>, the game of bingo can be traced back to a lottery game called "Il Giuoco del Lotto d'Italia" played in Italy in c.1530. So, if your family insist on an annual game, you're keeping an history tradition well and truly alive.
For past generations, a game of forfeits could provide much needed illicit fun. According to <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/christmas-fun-victorian-parlour-games-429526.html">The Independent</a>, forfeits were often little more than a thinly disguised subterfuge for copping a socially mandated kiss off somebody you weren't married to. Forfeits were accumulated as penalties, when members of the party lost at various games throughout the evening and could be redeemed later on!
Reverend Crawley's game
According to <a href="http://www.victorianschool.co.uk/parlour%20games.html">VictorianSchool.co.uk</a> this game has many similarities to Twister. But it's much harder. <blockquote>Everybody stands in a circle. Each player then holds hands with another player, but the hands may not be those of the person next to them, and they may not hold both hands with the same person. This creates a large human knot. If doing this with children, some adult help may be required to create the knot: it doesn't matter, because the fun comes in the next part. The group now has to work out how to untangle the knot without anyone letting go of any hands. This involves twisting and contorting and should end in one or two circles of people. </blockquote> Best played with up to 10 players.
Blind Man's Buff
Tennyson is said to have played this game in the mid-19th century and it's lasted through the ages. Firstly choose you blindman and cover their eyes with a blindfold. Then spin her/him around until they are disorientated. The blindman will then attempt to capture someone and identify their prisoner.
One of the most simpler and infuriating parlour games around, this memory game is reportedly named after Rudyard Kiplings novel, Kim. Fill a tray with random objects and ask your Christmas party to memorise the items. Then take the tray away and ask your party to list everything on the tray. You could try splitting the group into two teams, to encourage a competitive spirit!
Pass The Slipper
Also known as 'pass the ring', this game involves passing a slipper around a circle of people who are standing in a ring, behind their backs. In the middle of the ring stands a person with their eyes shut, and when they open their eyes, have to guess who has the slipper.
According to <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/christmas-fun-victorian-parlour-games-429526.html">The Independent</a>, this game is played in the dark, using a big sheet and a single candle on a table behind it. <blockquote>One person sits in front of the sheet while everyone else passes between the sheet and the candle, and the person in front has to guess who each of them is. The shadows can disguise themselves in any way they want to, but if they are correctly identified they have to pay a forfeit.</blockquote>
Are you there, Moriarty?
If you want a little more physical activity, this historic duelling parlour game looks like great fun. To be honest, HuffPost UK Lifestyle has never played, but the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Are_you_there,_Moriarty">instructions are here</a> if you want to try!
This game reportedly originated in America and was played widely in the 19th century. Players have 20 questions to a guess the object that 'answerer' as chosen. But they can only answer 'Yes' or 'No'.
We've left the most dangerous game until last... Snap-dragon was a parlour game popular from about the 16th to 19th centuries, according to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snap-dragon_(game)">Wikipedia</a>. <blockquote>It was played during the winter, particularly on Christmas Eve. Brandy was heated and placed in a wide shallow bowl; raisins were placed in the brandy which was then set alight. Typically, lights were extinguished or dimmed to increase the eerie effect of the blue flames playing across the liquor. The aim of the game was to pluck the raisins out of the burning brandy and eat them, at the risk of being burnt. Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language (1755) describes it as "a play in which they catch raisins out of burning brandy and, extinguishing them by closing the mouth, eat them".</blockquote>