25 Christmas Writing Prompts and Activities


December offers plenty of writing opportunities that are both fun and engaging. Here are holiday writing prompts and activities, which include: persuasive, expository, narrative, story starters, step-by-step directions, poetry, and more for the 25 days of Christmas writing. Enjoy!


 •What are you most grateful for this holiday season?

 •What is your favorite Christmas book or movie? Describe the plot and explain why it's your favorite.

•Make a Christmas wish list.

Write a letter to Santa.

Write persuasive paragraph convincing your parents (or Santa) why they should get you a particular gift you really want.

Is Christmas too commercialized? Explain your answer.

Write your favorite Christmas recipe.

Make a top ten list of your favorite Christmas traditions.

Interview a grandparent or elderly neighbor to learn about their favorite childhood traditions at Christmas.

How many Christmas gifts do you think a child your age should get? Explain your reasons.

Pretend that you can get each person in your family any Christmas gift you want even if it's 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?

Write a paragraph or poem using the five senses describing Christmas day at your home. What do you see, feel, hear, smell, and taste?

Create an acrostic poem using the words "Merry Christmas."

Write your own Christmas carol. You can use a familiar tune or compose an original tune for it.

Imagine that you were one of the shepherds who heard the angel announce the birth of the Christ child. Write about the evening. What did you see? What did you hear? What did you do? How did you feel? 

Write a persuasive paragraph convincing a skeptic that Santa Claus really does exist.

Use your imagination and write about one of your Christmas tree ornaments that magically comes to life.

Fill out an elf application for Santa and explain why you are the best candidate for the job.

Write about your first day at your new job as an elf.

Who would you rather have as a friend: one of Santa's elves or a snowman that magically came to life? Explain your choice.

Persuade Santa why he should keep the reindeer and sleigh or switch to a jet. Discuss the pros and cons of each.

Write a different ending to The Gingerbread Man.

Write about when you come downstairs on Christmas morning and find Santa stuck in the chimney. Explain why he got stuck, how you get him out, and what happens next.

Write a story with the title "The Year that Christmas was Almost Cancelled." Describe the problem of why it was almost cancelled (some examples- reindeer had the flu, a bad blizzard, sleigh malfunctions, and toys not ready). Explain the solution of how Christmas was saved.


For a fun twist, use a Christmas decorated container or box and place all the prompts into it. (I cut the prompts into strips and fold them.) Your kids can choose a writing prompt each day, and write their response in their journals. 

You can also place the container in the middle of your table, and use these prompts to spark great conversations. Have your child pick a topic, and go around the dinner table discussing it. 

 Have fun!
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For additional ways to make writing fun, check out- 101 Ways to Make Writing FUN!

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