This fun Christmas card game is a variation on the traditional 'Old Maid' and is perfect for playing at a family gathering this Christmas. Players try to avoid being left holding the sprouts.
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Print the cards on to card, laminate and cut out.
All the cards are dealt, face down. It doesn't matter if some players end up with more cards than others.
The players then sort their cards, keeping them hidden from all other players. Anyone holding pairs of matching cards, with the same picture, should put them down face up. If anyone has three matching cards, he only puts down one pair and keeps the spare card. If anyone has four matching cards, he puts down two pairs.
The player to the left of the dealer then fans his cards in his hand so he can see them all, although he keeps them hidden from the other players. He offers them to the player on his left, who cannot see them, but takes a random card from the fan. If the card he picks matches any he already he has, he puts down the pair. If not, he keeps it in his hand. Then, he, in turn, fans his cards and offers them to the player on his left.
This continues until all the cards have been put down in pairs, except the 'sprouts' card, which is left alone and cannot be paired. The person left holding this card loses the game.