I read Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” in grade school, and it quickly became one of my favorite books. I re-read it every year, and enjoy watching several versions of the movie.
Some of the movies show an invisible Scrooge dancing around his nephew’s party while the guests play “The Minister’s Cat.” I don’t know the rules, but it looks fairly straightforward.
All players sit in a circle, and the first player describes the minister’s cat with an adjective beginning with the letter ‘A’ (for example, “The minister’s cat is an adorable cat”) Each player then does the same, using different adjectives starting with the same letter. Once everyone has done so, the first player describes the cat with an adjective beginning with the letter ‘B’. This continues for each letter of the alphabet.
A player is “out” of the game if they are unable to think of an adjective, or if they repeat one previously used. Players may clap in unison or speak in a rhythmic manner during the game, setting the pace for each player to speak his line; if a player falls too far behind the pace while thinking of an adjective, he may also be declared “out.”
It goes like this:
I thought it might be fun to play online, but with a twist. Since this is a bookish site, you have to post a picture of a cat, preferably yours, with a book, newspaper, letter or other reading paraphernalia.
To start, I have two examples.
The Minister’s Cat is an agile cat.
The Minister’s Cat is an attentive cat.
I plan to upload a new letter and cat every day. Do you have a cat image to play along?
Today is the LETTER “A” ONLY, or you’ll be out!