The Sims 2 Christmas Party will be released this Christmas and will include 40 special Christmas-themed items for use around the home. You'll be able to furnish your Sims' homes with the kind of garish Christmas decorations that every family loves, prepare a nice Christmas meal and generally have a jolly good time.

"Players enjoy participating in all the ups and downs of their Sims' lives, from the big things like falling in love or building and decorating their house to the memorable things like putting up their family's first Christmas tree and hosting a holiday dinner - even mundane details like ordering a pizza or fixing the toilet are humorous and fun," said Senior Producer Tim LeTourneau. "The Sims 2 is designed to make even the ordinary extraordinarily entertaining!"

It certainly seems like a clever move by EA to bring more casual gamers into the Sims universe. The Sims 2 Christmas Party Pack will hit store shelves across Europe on November 18th.