By George Bowers Sr.
Whenever we hear of Winter Games, we generally think of skiing, snowboarding, figure skating and all the other events of the Olympic Games, which will be held this month in Sochi. And while I really enjoy these events, I also enjoy some other types of winter games even more: board and table games.
Since outdoor activity is often curtailed during the winter by temperature and darkness, it's a great time to pull out Monopoly, Dominos or Pictionary and go at it. These timeless classics encourage interaction and conversation while providing plenty of much needed laughter along the way. I dare say most all of us have some favorite family memories around some of these winter games.
In addition to several enduring favorites, someone is constantly developing new games to entertain and engage, and except for the initial low cost and the accompanying snacks (an absolute must), these types of games are virtually free.
You don't need cable or Internet service, or even electricity for most any of these!
Games encourage families to spend time interacting with each other while also developing strategies and thought processes. This is good mental activity for youngsters as well as adults, and also promotes connections between the generations.
Games are so much more beneficial than just watching television, which requires little or no thought, interaction, processing, or engagement. In fact, much of the "entertainment" and media information is downright sinful and depressing.
Compare your emotions after an evening of television and after an evening of games (especially if you win). The most important thing, however, is not winning, but having a great time in the process and learning to know each other better.
Do something for yourself and for your family this month. Turn off the TV, pull out the winter games and enjoy the interactions.
In Jesus, George
George Bowers Sr. is the pastor of Antioch Church of the Brethren in Woodstock and the author of four books, including his latest book of poetry, "Wit and Wisdom of the Woods." He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.