Creative Writing Ideas and Journal Topics For:
Winter, Christmas, and December
Winter and December Writing Prompts: Are you looking for a creative list of writing prompts and
journal ideas to use during the month of December?
Below, you will find a list of general December writing topics and a list of
specific calendar dates for December which contain creative writing ideas related to
that particular date in December.
I have created this list of Christmas and December writing prompts and ideas for
elementary school teachers and students, but many of these creative
writing ideas and topics would also be appropriate for other grade levels.
You will find some Christmas and December writing prompts below that contain underlined
links. If you click on an underlined link:
You will be directed to another page on Unique Teaching Resources that contains detailed
lesson plan ideas and printable worksheets for those December writing prompts.
You will be directed to another website that contains useful information
related to those particular December writing prompts.
General Christmas and December Writing Prompts:
Write directions for how to make a snowman
These snowman shaped creative writing templates can be used for many of the December writing prompts that are found on this page.
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is celebrated for eight days and nights.
The first day of Hanukkah falls on a different day each year because the
Jewish calendar is lunar based. This holiday usually occurs between the end of
November and the end of December.
The Menorah, or candle holder, is an important part of the tradition of Hanukkah
and it is why this holiday is often referred to as the Festival of Lights.
Hanukkah is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, spinning the dreidel,
and eating traditional foods such as latkes (potato pancakes).
Research Hanukkah and write about why it is often referred to as "The Festival of the Lights."
Have the students create a poster about Hanukkah and how the holiday is celebrated.
Create a venn diagram highlighting the differences and similarities between Hanukkah and Christmas.
What are the rituals surrounding each holiday?
On Holidays.net Chanukah you will
find information about the history of Hanakkah, the menorah, recipes, and craft ideas for this holiday.
December 1 - Rosa Parks
On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to obey a bus
driver's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger.
Rosa Park's quiet and courageous act of defiance became an important symbol of the Civil Rights Movement
and the resistance to racial segregation. She has been nationally recognized as the "mother of the modern day civil rights movement"
How did Rosa Parks show that she was courageous?
Have your students respond to this quote from Rosa Parks: "I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
What is the bravest thing you have ever done? Include details about the event and why you think you were brave.
Show your students The Rosa Parks Story starring Angela Bassett. Below is a trailor for this movie.
Below is a short video about the life of Rosa Parks from the Biography Channel.
December 5 - Mozart's Birthday
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on December 5, 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.
He began composing his own music at the age of five and toured Europe as a concert pianist at age six.
What would it be like to be famous at an early age?
If you could be proficient at playing any one instrument, what instrument would you choose? Explain why.
What is the most beautiful piece of music that you have ever listened to?
Show your students the movie Amadeus.
Reality shows such as American Idol, America's Got Talent, and The X Factor
have inspired many people to audition for these music shows. Write a story in which you go to audition
for one of these shows.
Play a piece of Mozart's music for your students and have them
write about how it makes them feel and the images this piece of music creates in their minds.
Below is a You Tube video where students can listen to Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21.
December 5 - Walt Disney's Birthday
Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois.
Walt Disney is a famous American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor,
animator, and theme park creator.
Walt Disney is best known as the creator of Mickey Mouse and the founder of
Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
In the late 1940s, Disney first drew sketches of his ideas for an amusement park
where he envisioned his employees spending time with their children.
His original idea expanded in concept and eventually became Disneyland,
which first opened in 1955.
Share these quotes by Walt Disney with your students and have them choose one to respond to in writing:
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
If you can dream it, you can do it.
It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.
When you're curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.
I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn't know how to get along without it.
What would it be like if Walt Disney was your father or grandfather?
When the Disneyland first opened, it consisted of five themed areas:
Main Street, U.S.A. (an early 20th century Midwest town based on Walt Disney's childhood)
Pretend that you worked for Walt Disney in 1955 and write an idea for
a 6th themed area for Disneyland. Describe the theme for this area and
the rides and buildings that would be included in this new area of Disneyland.
On Just Disney students can read a biography and view photographs of Walt Disney.
December 7 - Letter Writing Day
December 7 is Letter Writing Day. Letter writing is fast becoming an almost lost skill.
Most letters that are written today are e-mails and now even shorter messages (called instant messages)
have become a very popular form of communication.
Do you think that handwriting should still be taught in school now that most correspondence is done on a computer? Write an essay supporting your opinion.
Hand-write a letter that you will actually mail to a friend or relative. Bring this letter home tonight and mail your letter to this person.
Thanks to innovation (from the Pony Express to auto-trucks to airmail to email)
the speed with which the mail is delivered has improved year after year for the past two and a half centuries.
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of these improvements?
Interview a parent or grandparent and ask them how the practice of writing handwritten letters has
changed from when they were a child to now.
December 10 - Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony
The Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony takes place on December 10 in Oslo, Norway
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year on this day to people who have
made the most valuable contributions to the good of humanity.
The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee presents the Nobel Peace Prize
in the presence of the King of Norway on December 10 each year, which is the anniversary of Nobel's death.
You have been selected to receive this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
Why have you been selected as this year's recipient?
If you could award this prize to someone that you know, who would you select and why?
Research a past winner of The Nobel Peace Prize and write a short summary about this person and his or her achievements.
Christmas is a Christian holiday that is celebrated on December 25 by people around the world to
commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ. The word Christmas originated as a
compound meaning "Christ's Mass."
This holiday is now celebrated by an increasing
amount of non-Christians and Christmas symbols now include Santa Claus, reindeer,
You can find a large list of Christmas and December writing prompts at the top of this page.
I've created a variety of templates and lesson plans for Christmas and winter. You can view them here: Winter Teaching Resources
December 26 - January 1 - Kwanzaa
Kwanzaa is a week long celebration which honors
African-American heritage and culture. This holiday was started in 1966
by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at the California State University and it is observed from
December 26 to January 1.
The name Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase "matunda ya kwanza,"
meaning first fruits of the harvest. Kwanzaa features activities such as
lighting a candle holder with seven candles
and ends with a feast and gift giving.
There are seven principles of Kwanzaa, one for each of the 7 days of Kwanzaa:
unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics,
purpose, creativity, and faith.
Research the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa and design a card or poster that features one of the principles.
A mkeka is a special place mat used during Kwanzaa ceremonies and it has three colors:
black, red, and green. The stripes represent tradition, history, and the future. Have your students
design a mkeka and write about what each stripe symbolizes to them.
On Holidays.net Kwanzaa you will
find information about the 7 Principles and Symbols of Kwanzaa, as well as recipes and craft ideas for this holiday.
Note: On the above page, you will find links to download all
12 of my FREE classroom calendar sets for January - December!
Below are some ideas and examples of teaching resources
that can be used for some of the Christmas and December
writing prompts that are found on this page:
How The Grinch Stole Christmas - by Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss is one of the most popular children's authors of all time and his Christmas story featuring The Grinch is a favorite of both kids
and adults. His message that "Maybe Christmas," he thought "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas,
perhaps, means a little bit more." is timeless.
After you have read your students this story, they will enjoy completing a fun activity related to Dr. Seuss' book. I have created
a flip booklet and I designed the templates for this unique project in the shape of the Grinch's head.
Your students will enjoy creating their own Grinch flip books using these fun and
unique Grinch templates.
This set of resources includes first draft worksheets, Grinch flip book templates (shown above), a 5 page bulletin board display banner (shown above), a crossword puzzle,
rhyming word puzzle, and maze worksheet.