December Writing Ideas: 30 Holiday Journal Prompts

The holiday season is a joyous time filled with love, laughter, and happy memories.  It’s also a great opportunity for kids to get creative and have fun with some silly journal prompts.  During December, students will have the chance to create their own stories and reflect on their favorite holiday experiences with these new journal prompts.  From imagining what it would be like to work in a toy store to creating their own holiday traditions, these all new prompts cover the most beloved aspects of the season.

Journaling is a powerful way for students to think about subjects more deeply, as the act of writing gives them the chance to organize their thoughts and analyze their beliefs.  During a time as hectic as the holiday season, it’s important to step back and think about our reasons for celebrating—as well as to savor all of the most special moments.  Whether students are writing about their favorite holiday traditions or making up a story about a snowman, these journal prompts enhance their enjoyment of the season and provide a special keepsake that families will enjoy in the years to come.

Invite students to write about their favorite memories and to create some new ones with these special holiday journal prompts!

 December Writing Ideas: 30 Holiday Journal Prompts

  1. Think of a holiday tradition that you don’t understand.  Write a story that explains where it came from.
  2. Write a poem about winter.  How does the air feel?  What sounds do you hear?
  3. What winter holidays does your family celebrate?  Do you have friends who celebrate other holidays?
  4. Have you ever gone caroling during the holiday season?  Who did you go with?  What songs did you sing?
  5. Make a snowman—out of snow, paper, marshmallows, cotton balls, or any other materials you have.  Give him a name and write a short story about him.
  6. Write about your favorite holiday story or movie.  Why do you enjoy it?
  7. What would it be like to work in a toy store during the holiday season?  Would you enjoy it?
  8. What would it be like to spend the holidays in another part of the country that had different weather?  Would you enjoy it?  Why or why not?
  9. Why do we celebrate so many different holidays during the winter?
  10. What is your favorite holiday decoration?  How does it make you feel?
  11. Write about your first experience with snow.  What is your favorite thing to do in the snow?  If you don’t live in a snowy area, what do you think snow is like?
  12. What is the best gift you ever received from Santa Claus?
  13. Make an alphabetized list of the 26 best things about the holiday season, with one item for each letter.  Choose your favorite thing and write a short paragraph about why you love it.
  14. Write a story about a partying penguin named Peter.
  15. Are there any parts of the holiday season that are hard or difficult?  How do you handle them?
  16. Write a story about Santa’s journeys across the world in 2013.  How will his Christmas deliveries be made easier this year because of technology?
  17. What are your favorite types of holiday treats?
  18. Think of something nice you could do for your parents.  Write it down and make your own holiday package to wrap it in.  How did they react when you gave them the gift?
  19. What is your favorite part of winter vacation?  Why do you enjoy it?
  20. Find an online template to make your own paper snowflake and decorate it.  Then, write a short story about the snowflake’s travels downward from the sky.
  21. Write about a typical day in the life of your favorite holiday character.
  22. What is your favorite holiday tradition?  What do you love most about it?
  23. What does it mean to have holiday spirit?  Do you feel like you’ve experienced it this year?  Why or why not?
  24. Who do you know who has been especially good this year?  What types of gifts does that person deserve?
  25. Write a poem about the feeling of Christmas morning.
  26. Write about your holiday experiences.  What did you do?  What was your favorite part?
  27. Write a story about an adventurous pair of friends who travel to a neighborhood made entirely of gingerbread houses.
  28. If you could create a holiday tradition of your own, what would it be like?  What would it celebrate?
  29. What do you hope to accomplish in the next year?  Write about three of your greatest dreams.
  30. Write a short summary of the past year.  What were your favorite moments and greatest achievements?
  31. What parts of the upcoming year are you most excited to enjoy?

Until next time, write on…

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