Icebreakers Christmas Taboo
Can you get your team
to say the chosen
words in the time limit
without using the
1. Taboo Words List. The Taboo
word, in all caps is the word that
the teams will try to guess. Also
included are five supporting
words that the clue giver is not
allowed to say. Print them out
and then cut them apart and
place them in a bag for
participants to draw from.
2. Timer. It can be an hourglass
from a board game, or simply an
egg timer that you can set for a
minute and let it go.
The point of the game is to
have your teammates guess
the word that is on your
card without saying the
word itself, or several other
key words that are listed on
1. Split the youth into at
least two teams.
2. One person on each team
gives the clues to a person
on THEIR OWN team who
tries to guess the “taboo
word” within a time limit.
3. The other team must be
shown the card and insure that
the clue giver doesn’t say either
the “taboo word” or any form of
the supporting words for that
clue. (e.g. If ‘Christian’ is a
supporting word, to use the word
‘Christianity’ is also a violation.) If
the clue giver uses one of the
“taboo” words, the opposing
team gets a point. If the person
guessing the word doesn’t guess
the word within the time limit,
the opposing team gets the
4. If the word is correctly
guessed the team guessing
the word gets the point and
continues to draw cards until
the time elapses.
5. When the time
elapses, the timer is reset
and it’s the opposing team’s
turn to guess words.
Christmas, holiday, December, date, cel
Sky, Heaven, Gabriel, wings, halo
born, city, stable, birth, place
scriptures, read, testament, book, God
BELLS: ring, metal, cup, sleigh, jingle
stocking, cane, chocolate, sweet, desser
CANDLE: light, burn, wick, wax, melt
songs, sing, house, knock, music
Jesus, Lord, Redeemer, Savior, baby
Santa, elves, Christmas, children, gifts
season, cold, snow, Christmas, Decem
star, gifts, gold, frankincense, myrrh
green, round, ribbon, circle, decoratio
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