The biggest aspect of our wedding (besides the actual getting married part) - which I just now realized I barely alluded to in the recap post - was the games. There were two tables piled with games to choose from, and that's what the activity was during the reception. It was pretty awesome to see everyone get involved in some game or other!
Board/card games has been a staple of entertaining for me as an adult, but it goes back much further than that. As far as I can remember, my extended family has played games at get togethers.
It started on my dad's side - pinochle was often played by the older generations, but everyone joined in other games. There are numerous other card games we like, and word games are also brought out a lot. Even when my grandma was approaching 90 and having memory issues, she could still kick all our asses at Scrabble.
My mom's side didn't play games as much, but she had to learn that culture to join in the family. She's one that tends to get caught up in conversation and lose track of the game, but she's improved over time. She can be a bit of a sore winner, becoming ecstatic the few times she's won Clue! (We all have pretty complex note-taking systems for that one.)
My sister and I have tried to expand the game playing, and it's now tradition on our mom's side to play Boggle - particularly at Thanksgiving, though other games have had a harder time taking hold.
Fortunately, Abe is well on board for continuing the tradition with our family. :) He also has a pinochle custom in his family, but we're working on introducing other games as well. I hope sitting around the dining room table playing Trivial Pursuit with our children will be a happy memory to come in the future as it has been in our past.