First, I hope all who read Gaming with Chuck had a very nice Holiday season (we proudly and unashamedly celebrate Christmas at the secret bunker of publication, but I understand that not all do). Second I hope that all will have a better year this year than last.
The only gaming items that were given or received in the immediate family this year was Apples to Apples, which our daughter Heidi absolutely loves. It's a good game, and especially easy to lure non-gamers into the ranks with. Some of the answers in our games, and even more so - some of the justifications for those answers - have been great.
The dearth of games as presents will be dealt with in the post-Christmas hobby spending that takes place in these parts at both Marscon and the Williamsburg Muster (two local conventions, one being Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and the other Wargaming and Boardgaming).
Now, as to actual gaming that took place over the holiday break - we played a couple of games. These included the already mentioned Apples to Apples, but also Blokus, Wooly Bully, Ticket to Ride, Settlers of Catan, Rummy, Gin-Rummy, 10 Days across the USA, Tara, Carcassonne, and Cosmic Encounters. All good games, all played when we had various guests visiting. Sadly, everyone who played was already a gamer, so we did not introduce any new members into the hobby. But that will happen, I am sure of it, and soon.