It’s December, which means your small group meetings will probably have a holiday feel for the next few weeks. Here are two Christmas-themed icebreaker activities designed to help you take advantage of the season.
The Meaning of Christmas?
Supplies needed: Recent magazines and newspapers.
Bring several new magazines and newspaper pages to the group meeting, then distribute them to your group members to begin the discussion. Encourage everyone to look through their periodical and identify the different messages our culture attaches to the Christmas season.
When everyone has looked for 3-5 minutes, encourage people to share what they find interesting or informative about our culture’s view of Christmas.
Note: Do your best to bring magazines and newspaper material that don’t contain offensive or inappropriate content.
Santa the Influencer
Supplies needed: A whiteboard or large sheet of paper to record a list.
Begin the group discussion by asking participants to work together and make a list of fictional characters who have had the biggest influence on American culture. Provide an example by placing Santa Claus at the top of the list.
Once the group has a list of 10-15 characters, use the following questions to unpack the activity:
- Who would you label as the most influential fictional character on this list? Why?
- What are some common characteristics about these characters?
- What do these characters teach us about our culture?
Sam O’Neal is a Content Editor on the Adult Ministry Publishing team at LifeWay. He has a passion for seeing discipleship and full-bodied Christian education done right in the local church—especially in the context of small group communities. Sam is also the author of The Field Guide for Small Group Leaders.