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BOARD games are great for alleviating Christmas boredom or for dishing out as a presents come December 25.

Whether you want to kill five hours (and test your friendships) with a game of Risk or Monopoly, or team up for a game of Trivial Pursuit or Articulate, there’s always a board game or two you can buy that beat watching another episode of Only Fools and Horses.

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Below, we’ve listed some of the best board games you can buy, either as a Christmas gift, or as a treat for yourself as you prepare for a cosy Christmas holiday indoors.

Some of them will take a few hours to complete, perfect if you’re running dry on conversation, and plenty more take under an hour if you’ve got time to kill while waiting for the Christmas pudding to finish steaming.

There’s even an adults-only section for when the kids have gone to bed and the sherry starts flowing.

We’ve included some card games in the mix as well because who doesn’t love Cards Against Humanity?

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Best time killing Christmas games

5 Risk
  • Risk, £29.99 at Amazon – buy here

Risk is one of the all time classics, letting you divide and conquer your friends and family alike as you look to dominate all the territories on the globe.

Modern versions of Risk also come with mission cards which can help speed things up if you don’t have all day to kill.

  • Catan, £39.99 at Amazon – buy here

Catan is another old school classic which lets you build up settlements and cities across a hexagagonal board until you have enough points to win.

The dice is as much your enemy in this one as the other players, so there’ll (hopefully) be less board flipping with this one.

  • Monopoly, £27.90 at Amazon – buy here

A game that needs no introduction, Monopoly was originally designed to demonstrate the evils of capitalism.

Now it serves to create rifts in your personal relationships, but, hey, it’s fun if you’re winning.

  • Custom-opoly, £145 at The Dice Guys – buy here

That’s right, your favourite Christmas board game, Monopoly can now be fully customised.

Made in the UK and shipped world wide, this unique board game is all customisable from the cards to the properties and the stations.

Axis and Allies
  • Axis and Allies, £47.90 at Amazon – buy here

If you think Risk is a bit tame, Axis and Allies is even more in depth, pitting between two and five players against each other in the theatre of WWII.

The strategy is a bit more in depth than Risk, so only get this one if you’re prepared to commit some serious time into playing games.

Scotland Yard
  • Scotland Yard, £16.90 at Amazon – buy here

Ratchet up the tension with Scotland Yard, a game that turns the whole room against one player, who becomes the elusive Mr X.

Track him down across a map of London using trains, buses and taxis before you run out of time.

Ticket to Ride
  • Ticket to Ride, £32.94 at Amazon –  buy here

Ticket to Ride sees you build a map of elaborate train routes around a large map to win points.

It’s an easy game to learn the basics of but takes a long time to work out more nuanced strategies.

  • Cluedo, £35.99 at Amazon – buy here

Another old favourite, Cluedo lets you race against your fellow players to discover who committed the murder in the mansion.

Best funny Christmas games

  • Priorities, £21.99 – buy here

Priorities is a fun game that tests how well your friends and family really know you.

Put everyday items and whacky concepts in order of your personal preference and let hilarity ensue.

Exploding Kittens
  • Exploding Kittens, £17.98 at Amazon – buy here

If fun card games and funny cat-based art work is your kind of thing, Expoding Kittens could be the Christmas game for you.

Try and outsmart your opponents and don’t be left picking up an Exploding Kitten if you want to win.

You’ve Got Crabs
  • You’ve got crabs, £24.99 at Amazon – buy here

You’ve got crabs is a hilarious game for all times of year.

Partner up with a friend and make wild gestures to one another when you’ve picked up a set of cards.

Expect a wild, noisy game that gets crazier the more people that are involved.

Cards for Hilarity
  • Cards for Hilarity, £25 at The Dice Guys – buy here

Monkey Shoulder has released Cards For Hilarity, a spirit-lifting multi-player game, that is sure to leave you laughing all night long.

Cards for Hilarity pokes fun at the mundane, tedious adult tasks and pet peeves that we all loath to help us see the funny side of life.

It’s a game is split into spirit cards and mixer cards and players need to come up with the funniest combination to win.

All profits from the game also go to Drinks Trust and The Ben, to support the hospitality industry get back on its feet after the pandemic.

Best Christmas games for adults

5 Joking Hazard
  • Joking Hazard, £25 at Amazon – buy here

Joking Hazard is similar to Cards Against Humanity, except you’re pairing up images into fun comic strips.

The funniest scenario wins the game.

The Mole
  • The Mole, £19.99 at Amazon – buy here

The Mole is an investigation game where your group has to work out who isn’t what they seem before time runs out.

Good fun in large groups or small.

Cards Against Humanity
  • Cards Against Humanity, £19.97 at Amazon – buy here

A modern classic, Cards Against Humanity is everyone’s favourite inappropriate party game.

Not for the faint hearted, see who can create the funniest scenarios from the cards provided.

Best quizzing Christmas board games

5 Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel
  • Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel Game, £25 at Amazon – buy here

Get your very own chance to spin the wheel this Christmas, with this board game inspired by Michael McIntyre’s prime time BBC show.

The new board game from Rascals features a 20cm mechanical spinning wheel and the game is to be the first player or team to correctly answer all seven questions from the wheel.

Once you’ve completed the wheel, you’ll head into the End Game, where you will have to correctly answer one final question to secure your victory!

This game will be fun for all the family this festive season. The questions are split into 14 different categories including Superheroes, Sport, TV, History, Science and Video Games, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

The Logo Board Game
  • The Logo Board game, £25.33 at Amazon – buy here

How well do you know your logo trivia? You’ll find out playing The Logo Board Game.

It’s not just naming logos though; you’ll also have to know a fair bit of trivia too to come out on top.

In For a Penny
  • In For a Penny, £15 at Amazon – buy here

Stephen Mulhern’s smash hit gameshow is now available for the whole family to enjoy. Compete in different games including fan favourites such as Pump It Up, Check It Out, Whatever the Weather and the popular stopwatch challenge.

The game can have two to six players and takes 60 minutes to complete.

  • Linkee, £17.99  at Amazon – buy here

Find out the common denominator from lists of objects and people to triumph.

A good beginner game if you’re not up for something too mentally strenuous.

Trivial Pursuit
  • Trivial pursuit, £26.95 at Amazon – buy here

Perfect for experienced quizzers who like to flex their knowledge.

There’s loads of versions of Trivial Pursuit, whether you like Harry Potter, Dr Who or Friends.

  • Articulate, £19.99 at Amazon – buy here

Another long-standing classic, find out how good you are at describing things against the clock.

The Chase
  • The Chase, £22.99 at Amazon – buy here 

It’s time to stop yelling the answers at the TV and put your knowledge to the test with The Chase board game. The Chase is on! But will you be able to stay ahead of the four chasers when it’s your turn and time is ticking?

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Canada School Board Cancels Event with Yazidi Nobel Laureate, Former ISIS Sex Slave over ‘Islamophobia’ Fears

A Canadian school board recently caused an uproar after it withdrew support for an event featuring Yazidi activist, former Islamic State (ISIS) sex slave, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad out of concern it could foster “Islamophobia” and “offend” Muslim students.

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) decided to pull a book club event scheduled for February after it planned to feature a discussion around 28-year-old Yazidi activist and Nobel-prize winner Nadia Murad’s memoir, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, which describes her frightening capture and enslavement by ISIS terrorists in 2014 as well as her daring escape.

The autobiographical work also details her family’s execution as well the repeated rape and torture she endured as she was exchanged among ISIS militants.

The reason for the cancellation, according to the board, was that Murad’s book could “promote Islamophobia” and “offend” Muslim students.

The book club at which Murad was to be featured was founded by entrepreneur Tanya Lee in 2017 and invites teenage girls from various secondary schools to discuss books with their female authors.

After being informed of Murad’s cancellation, Lee, who herself suffered sexual and physical abuse as a child, sent the board’s superintendent Helen Fisher information about ISIS gathered from CNN and the BBC.

“This is what Islamic State means,” Lee wrote to Fisher. “It is a terrorist organization. It has nothing to do with ordinary Muslims. The TDSB should be aware of the difference.”

According to Lee, Fisher would not budge and instead responded by sending a copy of the board’s policies on selecting equitable, culturally relevant and responsive reading materials.

Thousands of Yazidis were killed or enslaved when ISIS overtook northern Iraq in 2014.

Murad, who was forced into sexual slavery at the age of 21 by ISIS fighters in 2014, went on to become a Yazidi human rights activist and the winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize.

She is also a UN Goodwill Ambassador and a leading advocate for survivors of genocide and sexual violence.

In response to the boards decision, many expressed shock over the censorship.

In one Toronto Sun editorial, the board was accused of being on the path to “burning books” it differs with.

“While Canada’s biggest school board hasn’t yet started burning books that it disagrees with, it appears to be well on its way to doing so,” it read.

“Apparently, the Toronto school board either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that Islamic State is considered a terrorist organization by Canada, one that terrorizes Muslims, especially Muslim girls,” the editorial continued.

Rex Murphy, a Canadian conservative commentator and author, accused the TDSB of being “intent on keeping students in its jurisdiction from exposure to such a true heroine.” 

“The equity department was concerned she would stoke Islamophobia!” he added.

Naomi Buck, a Toronto-based journalist, blasted the board for refusing to recognize Murad’s “extraordinary accomplishments,” while claiming the event’s cancellation “reflects an attitude that is anti-learning and anti-curious – an attitude that has no place in education.”

Political commentator Tarek Fatah, a Pakistani-born Canadian liberal journalist, referred to the “outrageous censorship” of Murad as a “shock.”

“It reeked of ignorance and subservience to an Islamist attitude that has infiltrated too many institutions of Canada,” he added, “especially urban schools where cafeterias have been turned into prayer halls, with gender apartheid on full display.”

Warning that the board’s decision is “not merely about censorship,” Fatah wrote that the “drumbeat of ‘Islamophobia’” has made “every concerned citizen worry that he or she does not end up with the tag of ‘racist’ throughout their lives.”

“When the largest education board in Canada surrenders itself to the whims of Islamist sensitivities, and Nadia Murad is designated as a possible contributor to Islamophobia, then rest assured the dikes have been breached,” he added.

This is not the first time educational staff have capitulated to the extreme sensibilities of students.

In May, following protests from the radical anti-Israel Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) group, the chancellor and provost of Rutgers University issued an apology for a previous condemnation of antisemitism, promising to be “more sensitive and balanced” in the future.

“In hindsight, it is clear to us that the message failed to communicate support for our Palestinian community members,” the apology said. “We sincerely apologize for the hurt that this message has caused.”

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