The holiday season is so much fun, but of course you want your students to be engaged in meaningful work, right up till they finally go home for winter break. These 20 Christmas writing prompts will keep your students writing – and they will have fun too!
- Pretend you are one of Santa’s elves. Write a journal entry about your day.
- Personification means giving human traits, such as feelings and thoughts, to objects. Personify your Christmas tree. Write a story from the Christmas tree’s point of view.
- Think about last Christmas. How was your life different then? How is it the same?
- Pretend the president has passed a law banning Christmas. Write a letter to convince him that Christmas should not be banned.
- Create a Top 10 list of your favorite Christmas activities. Your favorite should be #1.
- Pretend that you can choose one gift that will be given to every child in the world. What gift to you choose? Why?
- Pretend you have been given a baby reindeer to raise. Write about what you will do to take care of it. What challenges will you have to overcome?
- Write about the perfect Christmas Day. Include plenty of details.
- Write about your favorite Christmas book or movie.
- What does Santa want for Christmas? Make a Christmas list that includes whatever you think he might want. Tell why you think each item should be on the list.
- Who would you rather have as a friend: one of Santa’s elves or a snowman that magically came to life? Explain your choice.
- What do you think Santa’s elves do on their day off? Write a story about an elf that gets into some kind of trouble on his day off.
- Finish this sentence in 10 different ways: This Christmas I hope…
- How many Christmas gifts do you think a child your age should get? Why do you think so?
- Create a new holiday tradition for your family. Write about what you would do and why it would be important.
- Do you think it is better to be a kid or an adult at Christmastime? Tell why you think so.
- Write a story about “riding in a one-horse open sleigh.”
- Pretend that you can get each person in your family any Christmas gift you want–even if it is very expensive or difficult to get. What would you give each person and why?
- Write about the best Christmas present you have ever received. Why was it so special?
- You are in charge of planning Christmas dinner. Create a menu for your perfect Christmas meal.
Want more? Here are 200 prompt slides for writing or discussion that you can display for the entire class.
You can also make these beautiful 3-D Christmas Star Ornaments.