With the frenzy of Christmas fast approaching, many of us homeschool moms feel the pressure of PERFECTION. Not only do we feel the urgency of preparing our homes for holiday gatherings and orchestrating meaningful family traditions, we ALSO have the added duty of on-going lesson planning and school instruction.
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While some moms march with normal homeschool cadence during the Christmas season, I much prefer to allow Christmas with all of its unequalled flurry to be a welcomed diversion from FORMAL instruction. During most of the month of December, we pack the school books away, say goodbye to our well-ordered routine, and welcome REST.
BUT, just because our school has been packed away doesn’t mean that learning has to come to a halt. On the contrary, there is much to be learned during this singular season. Our learning just comes in different form.
While I allow the adventures of Christmas and Christmas traditions to be the bulk of our school time during December, I’m also intentional to provide a few unique learning opportunities…ones which will stretch not only our minds, but also our hearts.
One such pursuit that I hope to introduce this year during our Christmas REST is a Christmas Journal. I have purchased small, inexpensive journals for each of my children. On December 1st, I will present these journals to them along with permission to peruse my Christmas stash of gift wrap and scrapbooking supplies.
After they have decorated their journals using my embarrassingly large hoard of crafting supplies, I will encourage them to write one entry in their Christmas journals. These will be safely tucked away each day, perhaps under the Christmas tree, and retrieved each morning for another entry. I hope these daily writing endeavors will become a much-anticipated part of the season and that my children will appreciate the mental REST that comes from Christmas-schooling.
Although I will welcome my kids to write ANY Christmas-y thoughts in their journals, I think they will also enjoy counting down to Christmas using these suggestions for topics for creative writing for the Christmas season.
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Here are the writing prompts included:
- December marks the first month of winter. What winter-time activity are you most looking forward to doing together as a family this year? Why?
- Oh no! You are late for a friend’s annual Christmas party. What kept you from getting to the party on time? Write three silly reasons for being late to your pal’s party.
- The Wise Men followed a star to find the Christ-child. Write about three different adventures they had along the way.
- After decorating your Christmas tree, you discover an empty bird’s nest in the branches. What kind of bird made the nest and what happened to all the eggs?
- Have you ever been Christmas caroling? Did you like it? Why or why not?
- You receive a Christmas card from your favorite person. Who is it from and what does it say?
- Today is National Letter Writing Day. Write a letter to Baby Jesus telling Him why you like celebrating His birthday.
- Imagine that the snowman you made in the front yard has come to life. He begins running down your street. Where is he going and what is he planning to do?
- Luke chapter 2 tells the story of Christ’s birth. Read the chapter and then retell the story in your own words.
- There is a tall, pole-shaped gift under the Christmas tree with your name on it. You eagerly open it up to find a…
- Ooops, this morning you accidentally fed the dog a box of Christmas cookies instead of dog food. It has caused some weird changes in your pet. What has happened and how will you fix it?
- Today is National Poinsettia Day. Imagine that someone has anonymously dropped a potted poinsettia on your doorstep. Who left it there and why?
- After decorating your rooftop with Christmas lights, your dad begins to plug them all into the electrical outlet. But when he does he sees…
- Imagine that you were one of the shepherds who got to meet Baby Jesus on the night of his Birth. Like all the shepherds, you left the Baby’s side and “returned glorifying and praising God for all the things that [you] had heard and seen.” (Luke 2: 19b NIV) Who would you tell and what would you say?
- The cow from your family’s Christmas Nativity scene has gone missing. After looking for quite some time, you find it tucked in the bottom of your Christmas stocking. Why is it there and how did it get there?
- Today is Chocolate Covered Anything Day. You and your mom make chocolate covered treats to pass out to your neighbors for Christmas. But, when you start packing your homemade goodies in bags, you discover…
- The Wise Men gave the Christ-child gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. What would you have given Him?
- Today is National Bake Cookies Day. What is your favorite kind of Christmas cookie? Write about a special memory you have of eating it.
- In the song, “Jingle Bells,” the people are dashing through the snow. Why are they dashing? Are they in a hurry to get somewhere? Where are they going and why do they need to get there so quickly?
- Besides using it to wrap gifts, describe several creative ways you can use Christmas wrapping paper.
- If you could be any of the people found in Christ’s birth story of Luke 2, who would you want to be why?
- Write out what you think Joseph and Mary may have said to Baby Jesus the night He was born.
- Pretend that you are a toy stuck inside a wrapped present under the tree. What are you thinking? How will you keep yourself busy while you wait to be unwrapped?
- What is your favorite family Christmas tradition and why?
- We celebrate Jesus’ birth one day a year. What if we celebrated it every day? What gifts could we give Him each and every day?
Do you have suggestions for other Christmas Journal Creative Writing topics? We would love to hear them!