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26 Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids (free printable)

26 Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids (free printable)

It’s Christmas time, one of my favorite holidays! Get creative this Christmas season with fun Christmas themed writing prompts. Use these holiday writing prompts for daily journal writing or as fun ideas for creative writing. Kids of all ages can use these prompts and story starters. Younger children can dictate their stories and older children can write them on their own.

December writing prompts are a great way to reflect a little bit, brainstorm creative writing ideas, and get into the Christmas spirit during the month of December.

It is also ok to use these prompt ideas after Winter break. The Christmas memories are still fresh and kids can reflect on their fun holiday.


Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids


Christmas Journal Prompts

These journal prompts work well for a daily question or reflection for kids. It gets them thinking and allows them the opportunity to put their thoughts and ideas onto paper.

Allowing the chance to share their answers is important! Not necessarily to evaluate the actual writing, but to share and build relationships with each other. This is worth the time and builds a strong learning community.

  • Is your Christmas tree a real tree or fake tree? Describe it. Does it have white lights or colored lights? What do you have on the top of the tree?
  • What Christmas present is on your Christmas wish list? Why?
  • How would you take down the abominable snowman?
  • What is your favorite present you’ve ever received.
  • Tell us about one of your favorite Christmas traditions.
  • What is your favorite Christmas movie? Why?
  • Which family member is on the nice list this year? Why?
  • What is the first thing you do on Christmas morning? What happens after that?
  • How do you think Santa Claus doesn’t get tired during the holiday season?
  • What is your favorite Christmas book? Why?
  • Design the front of a Christmas card. What would the inside say?
  • What is your favorite Christmas carol to sing? What is your favorite line from it? Why?
  • Describe your best Christmas memory?
  • What kind of gift do you think the whole world needs right now?
  • Tell us about your favorite thing about Christmas Eve?
  • What three types of candy would you need to make the perfect Gingerbread house for you?
  • Which family traditions do you look forward to the most?
  • What do people mean when they refer to holiday spirit?


Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids


Creating Writing Prompts

These prompts spark creative writing. If you are working with younger children it is ok for them to dictate their story to you as you write it for them. That puts the focus on the ideas, details, and the creative story instead of the mechanics of writing. Don’t get me wrong, being creative and getting the ideas on paper and using proper sentence structure and spelling are BOTH important!

  • You have just met two of Santa’s elves. They have a big problem. What is it and how will you help them?
  • What does Christmas cheer mean to you?
  • Describe what the entrance to the North Pole looks like. What does it sound like? Smell like?
  • Out of all of the possible Christmas gifts, I had no idea what to say when my mom gave me…..
  • To make this the perfect Christmas Day, all I needed was a little bit of magic. 

Christmas Writing Activities

You will have such a fun time with this group Christmas writing activity. With a group of people, start a Christmas story. Each person writes one or two sentences at a time and then passes it to the next person. Here are a few story starters that you can use for the perfect start to your short story.

  • It was a silent night, until I heard…..
  • We started with family time on the frozen lake ice skating together. We thought we heard jingle bells, but what we actually heard was….
  • It’s was New Year’s Eve. We were counting down to midnight. 5, 4, 3, 2, and then……

Fun Ways to Use the Journal Prompt Ideas

  • Pick and choose your favorites and assign each one on a certain day.
  • Make a paper chain that counts down to Christmas. On each piece of the chain, write the creative writing prompts. Write about that’s days piece of the chain.
  • Write each prompt on a piece of paper. Fold them up and put them in the jar. Each day, have a different student pick out the journal prompt for that day.
  • Make a 12 Days of Christmas Writing Challenge. Pick your favorite twelve ideas. Write them on a numbered list. Each day, have a student roll two dice. Whatever number they roll is what the class writes about that day.


Christmas Writing Prompts for Kids

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Enjoy these free Christmas writing prompts as you count down the days until the holiday break.