After the meal is over and the Tryptophan from the turkey is chemically inducing your entire family to sleep, you only have a couple options at your disposal to pass the time. Option number one is to give in to the powers of overindulgence and plop down on the couch, basically waving the white flag and giving up on the day. Option number two is much more dignified and is the choice of my family and many others I know: family game time! Here are my top five favorite game selections.

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    Apples to Apples

    Even though I have pouted like a 12 year old girl with no cell phone when this board game is played in the Riter household, I have eventually grasped why it is that it is such a popular choice. After receiving one word I will use “Disappointing” for example, everyone submits a card that they think exemplifies this description. I would submit the card “The Buffalo Bills” thinking I would win, but my girlfriend would end up picking something dumb like “Cottage Cheese” and arguments would ensue. This game takes zero effort and thinking and all ages can play.

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    Snoop Dogg and Warren G. aren’t the only ones who love a great dice game. Yahtzee provides hours of fun without the fear of getting caught in the middle of an East Coast / West Coast shootout. Just the noise the dice make in the crappy little shaky cup alone is enough to entertain you. Add to that the strategy of taking what you have rolled or literally rolling the dice on better numbers and you have a timeless game.

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    A no brainer; when you combine the stress of a timer and the terrible artistic abilities of your family and friends, good times have nowhere to hide. “Jackal! Jackal! Jackal! Jackal! It’s a Jackal! Jackal! Is it a Jackal! Jackal! Jackal! It’s a Jackal!” “It wasn't right the first time. Why would it be right the next ten times?!!!” When one of your cousins tries to draw Alaska off the southern tip of California you will realize how bad the public school systems have gotten

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    Texas Hold Em

    Play for free or play for money and rip off your Uncle that gave you $5 for your communion, either way this is the greatest card game on earth and the more people that play the better it is. Divide up into separate tables if you need to and get your own little mafia party going. Before you know it 3 hours will have passed and it is time to eat another meal. Slap some turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce on some toasted bread and you have the poor man’s Thanksgiving Panini. If you get lucky enough to win the whole thing you can take your winnings straight to a Black Friday sale.

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    Catch Phrase

    In my opinion this little handheld gem is the best game ever invented. It can get a little stressful so I recommend not playing this with anyone that is overly sensitive or has a heart condition. The game is played in teams and there is a built in timer on the game that loudly beeps which you will either love or hate, depending on if you are holding it when it goes off. You hit a button and you are given one of 10,000 words stored in the game such as “Global Warming”. It is your job to get one of your teammates to say this phrase without saying “Globe”, “Global”, “Warm”, or “Warming”. This usually results in stuttering or face rubbing and panicking for novice players, but once you master the strategy behind good descriptive answers the game becomes intensely addictive. (Also hilarious to play with kids or the elderly)