- Design your own Christmas card.
- Make a Christmas wish list.
- Make a Christmas memory quilt square by drawing a picture of your favorite Christmas memory and writing a sentence about it. Paste your picture and sentence onto a sheet of red or green paper.
- Write a letter to Santa.
Upper Elementary Grades
- Write a Christmas shopping list.
- Bake Christmas cookies with a family member or friend. Write a paragraph about the process.
- Write an unselfish letter to Santa, asking him to bring a needed item to a friend or family member.
- Write an invitation inviting a family member or friend to a Christmas party. Tell where and when the party is. Put the invitation in an envelope and address it properly.
- Make a Christmas memory quilt square by drawing a picture of your favorite Christmas memory and writing a short paragraph (three to five sentences) about it. Paste your picture and sentence onto a sheet of red or green paper.
- Write a short paragraph (three to five sentences) telling what you like most about Christmas.
- Choose a short Christmas-themed word and use it as a springboard to write a simple Christmas acrostic.
- Imagine that you are an elf in Santa's workshop. Write a letter to a friend telling what the week before Christmas is like.
Middle School and Beyond
- Interview a grandparent or elderly neighbor to learn about their childhood Christmases. Create a Venn diagram comparing Christmas then and Christmas now.
- Write an acrostic poem using the phrase "Merry Christmas."
- Try to write a Christmas story using only one-syllable words.
- Write and illustrate an original Christmas story. Read your Christmas story to a younger child.
- Write your own Christmas carol, paying attention to meter and rhyme scheme. You may set it to a familiar tune or compose an original tune for it.
- Write a description of Christmas morning at your house.
- Brainstorm a list of holiday traditions.
- Make a top ten list outlining your ten favorite aspects of Christmas.
- Imagine that you were one of the shepherds who heard the angel announce the birth of the Christ child. Write a journal entry about the evening. What did you see? What did you hear? What did you do? How did you feel?
- Should schools allow students to have Christmas parties? Write a letter to your school principal arguing for or against Christmas parties.
- Write a paragraph telling what Christmas means to you.
Christmas Story Starters
- Write a persuasive paragraph to convince a skeptic that Santa Claus really does exist.
- Write a personal narrative describing the best Christmas you have ever had.
Write an extended definition of the word "Christmas."
- Write an essay that answers the question "What is Christmas all about?"
- Take a familiar Christmas story and adapt it into a reader's theater piece. Enlist the aid of friends or classmates to perform it.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper arguing for or against Christmas displays in public places.
- Is Christmas too commercialized? Write an essay that answers the question and explains your answer.
- Abiah struggled to keep his eyes open as he sat under the night sky watching his father's sheep. Suddenly, a bright light split the night sky. ...
- "Please," the young man pleaded. "My wife is about to have a child. We must have a room -- a closet, anything."
"Well," the innkeeper slowly replied, "there's a stable out back ..."
- Grandmother pulled the last tray of gingebread men from the oven. Suddenly ...
- Johnny shook the last coin from his piggy bank. $5.67 -- that was all the money he had to buy Christmas gifts for his mother, father, sister, and grandmother ...
- "Ho - ho - help me!" came the voice from the chimney ...
- All the elves were hard at work in Santa's workshop ... all but one, that is ...
- Grandpa Joe sat all alone in his living room. For the first time in 70 years, he hadn't bothered with a Christmas tree ...
- I woke with a start. Something red shone through the window. Why, it looked like a reindeer nose! ...
- "Come on," Sue said. "Go Christmas caroling with us. It will be fun!" ...
- Off in the distance, I heard the sound of sleigh bells. ...