Christmas is the time to celebrate with families and friends and attend holiday events. It is also the time to get involved with providing entertainment and cheer to others. Developing and putting on a skit or play with your group is a fun and imaginative way to spread holiday cheer and spend quality time with those you love.
A competitive way to come up with a new skit or play is to hold a contest to see who can come up with the best idea for a story to act out. Some issues to consider would be the number of actors available, locations to be made into sets and the length of the play. The winner of the contest could also be made the director so he can oversee the story the way he first envisioned it.
Poems can be a source of ideas for plays and skits. Consider old favorites such as "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore or "The Three Kings" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Slow a poem down and act the story out, or break it up into longer script form, adding extra lines and material as needed. The familiarity and easy rhythm will make these poems-turned-Christmas productions holiday hits that may be presented for years to come.
Take a classic play or skit and revise it. "The Miracle on 34th Street" could become "The Miracle on 43rd Street" with the storyline tweaked with different action and actors and even a different ending. This is a group's opportunity to get creative and produce a show that is adapted to their church or community. The actors could represent real people in the community and the action could become what these people act like in real life, making the skit or play more meaningful to the audience.
Research what has been done in the past and do it again. There is a lot to be said for holiday tradition and, if you choose the right story, it can be redone with different actors and a few changes to lines every year. The reenactment of the nativity story is one that cannot be changed, but observe how some churches and schools reenact this story every year. Choose another Christmas story and do the same. It can become a favorite Christmas activity and tradition for years to come.