A reason for families to get together for some fun is far from how I remember family game nights growing up. 

My family's competitiveness and stubbornness have kept me opting out of playing games for well over 10 years. Come to think of it, it was ever since my sister accused my 99-year-old grandmother of cheating during a game of Hearts.

Hearts, Monopoly, Risk, Beat the Parents, and Scattegories all banned from a family game night that once was.

Did I miss games over the holidays? Sure. Do I miss the pouting and fighting? Not at all.

Luckily, my kids are not as competitive as my siblings, and family game night is more about spending time together than trying to kill each other off. Though I imagine once we expand our game night beyond Christmas Bingo and the game of Guess Who that may change -- we'll see.

Do you host family game nights over the holidays? Are there any games that are off limits in your house?