Dysfunctional Aussie Bingo

I recently came across an article in the Wall Street Journal entitled Dysfunctional Family Bingo where Psychologist Amy Johnson recommended a humourous version of bingo to help ease the family tensions inevitable on Christmas Day.

My own family has a rich history of Christmas Day dramas. There have been relatives who’ve fallen out of trees on Christmas Eve, spending several weeks in hospital. Some who’ve wept tears after an Adriano Zumbo dessert they dedicated over four hours to, failed to make a car trip in one piece. There was the “Christmas Day Massacre” which we won’t talk about here because WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GODDAMN WONDERFUL TIME THIS YEAR!! No pressure.

I love the idea of a dysfunctional family bingo. Because I had difficulty sourcing anything similar in Australia, I decided to make my own. You can download the printable below. I’ve included some blank spaces for you to write some of your own. Amy suggests keeping the game a secret between you and another ally – that way behaviour isn’t being provoked but observed. Just quietly, I think my entire family would all love it. It’s a little bit of fun and really, aren’t we all a little bit dysfunctional?




  1. says

    We are spending Christmas with just us 4, as all members of our extended family live in other countries. I often wish we could spend it together, dysfunction and all.

    Such a cool idea for coping, just don’t let anyone find your bingo card or that could be a whole other source of family tension! I loved this square on the card: “Shit gets weird”

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