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5 Christmas writing prompts for your homeschool

by | Nov 25, 2019 | Writing & Journal Prompts

Pull out these engaging Christmas writing prompts for your homeschool family writing time! The kids can write about cookie-baking and tree-trimming, create a heartwarming holiday story, build acrostic poems about the first Christmas, and make plans to spread a little joy.

In the midst of the holiday frenzy, set aside a few quiet minutes and invite your children to choose a favorite topic from the list below.

BONUS: To score some major Mom points, serve up some hot cocoa and a plate of cookies alongside these prompts!

1. C is for Christmas Cookie

December 18 is National Bake Cookies Day. If you were invited to invent a new Christmas cookie, what ingredients would you include? How would your cookie look and taste? What texture words would explain how it feels when you take a bite? Write a mouth-watering description of your creation.

2. A Christmas Story

Write a story that takes place on Christmas Eve, using as many words from this word bank as possible: 

homeless person, bakery, snow, family, street corner
Christmas carols, lost wallet, dog, shoe, brother, memories

Tip: Try the simple Who, What, When, Where, Why method to write your story.

3. O Christmas Tree

What’s your family’s Christmas tree tradition? Do you tromp through the forest to chop down a fragrant spruce? Do you visit the tree lot at the hardware store in search of the perfect fir? Or does your dad pull a box down from the attic or garage rafters and assemble the beloved artificial tree?

Describe one of your family’s most memorable experiences choosing, setting up, or decorating the tree. To help bring your story to life, include emotion words as well as sensory words of sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell.

These Christmas writing prompts invite homeschool kids to describe cookie-baking and tree-trimming, make an acrostic poem, and write a heartwarming tale.

4. The First Noël

The French word Noël and the Spanish word Navidad both mean Christmas. Choose one of these two words, and write an acrostic about the first Christmas. Your composition does not have to rhyme.


New star in the sky, you have
Opened our eyes.
Every shepherd watches and
Listens to angel songs.

5. Joy to the World

American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892) wrote a short poem that begins:

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.

Make a list of 10 or more ways you can spread joy to others in the coming year.

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