Christmas games
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Date: 11 December, 2006

MyPyramid Blast Off Game

Elf-Ford's Dress up Gift Game

Suzanne Elvidge offers some computer games to keep people out of the kitchen when the turkey is in the oven and the puddings are being steamed.

Need something to take your mind off Brussels sprouts, or fill the gap between Christmas stockings and Christmas dinner? Here are ten Christmas-themed games.

All games are free downloads or free to play.

Some games require your browser to have a 'plug in' for Shockwave, Flash or Java.

To play a game, simply click on its name. If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy. (And, don't forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area)

When downloading games from the Internet, don't forget to keep your anti-virus and anti-spyware software up to date.

NORAD Tracks Santa
Not really a game, but track Father Christmas with NORAD as he gets ready to deliver to your house. This started in 1955 when the number for NORAD was mistakenly included in an advert as Father Christmas's hotline, and the Director of Operations, Colonel Harry Shoup, received the first call on Christmas Eve. He had his staff check radar data to see if there was any indication of Father Christmas making his way south from the North Pole, and updated the children on Father Christmas's position.

Christmas Tetris
Use the arrow keys to line the Christmas hats, trees, Santas, stockings and elves up horizontally or diagonally to score points.

BlackDog's Christmas Secret Decoder Games
Print out the lists of scrambled Christmas words and use the key at the top to help you unscramble them (and write a letter to Father Christmas while you are there .

Where's Rudolph
Help find Rudolph by clicking on the picture—otherwise Father Christmas won't be able to pull his sleigh.

Trim the Tree
I love Christmas trees, but I know I'll still be hoovering pine needles out of the cat in May. So I might just decorate this tree instead!

Arctic Antics
Help the penguins bounce their friends into the pool.

Have you been naughty or nice—find out at the Nice-O-Meter and see how to be naughtier or nicer.

Christmas word search
Find words associated with Christmas – or you could always create your own.

Santa's Christmas Ride
Help Father Christmas deliver presents by throwing them down chimneys. The actual game is a bit annoying because it ends every time you miss, but the practice game lets you throw away to your heart's content (with funny sound effects when you miss).

Elf-Ford's Dress up Gift Game
Dress up an elf for Christmas! If you copy the outfits, Elf-Ford will have a special message for you.

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