20 Christmas Writing Prompts

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014Christmas is just around the corner. I know, it is hard to believe – but true! If you haven’t begun writing for this holiday yet, you will want to start now. The ideas here will aid you in getting started, then try come up with some of your own stuff.

Fiction Prompts

  1. Write about a western about a family on the prairie, having a hard time with something important at this time of year.
  2. Write a story about children who meet the real Santa Clause while out for a walk in the woods on Christmas Eva day.
  3. Write a short story about your favorite Christmas tradition.
  4. Write a novella about a young family who happens across a homeless elderly person the day before Christmas Eve.
  5. Write a novelette about a town that does not believe in Santa.

Nonfiction Prompts

  1. Write a series of articles about Christmas traditions within your own family.
  2. Write a how-to article on a Christmas craft.
  3. Post your favorite Christmas recipes on your blog.
  4. Write an article about Christmas gifts for teachers.
  5. Create a to-do list of Christmas tasks that should be completed and post them on your site or blog.

Poetry Prompts

  1. Write a couplet about two families finding each other at Christmas.
  2. Write a Haiku about love at Christmas.
  3. Write a name poem using the word C H R I S T M A S.
  4. Create a rhyming poem Christmas love.
  5. Make a shape poem. Use the shape of a bell.

Combining Photography with Writing

  1. Make a step-by-step slide show of how to make a Christmas meal in a slow cooker.
  2. Go for a winter walk, photographing individual Christmas decorations from a unique position. Blog about your walk, describing what each picture is about, and what you felt when taking it.
  3. Write a photography essay about Christmas.
  4. Take pictures of your Christmas ornament making process, and write an article using those photos and describing what is happening in each.
  5. Create a slide show about stringing popcorn and cranberries to make garlands.

Go ahead and expand on these ideas!

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What are you writing or photographing for Christmas? Let us know in the comments below, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

Shannon L. Buck

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About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.