88 Wonderful Christmas And Holiday Journal Prompts To Make The Most Of Any Holiday Season

Last Updated on November 29, 2023

When it comes to holidays, Christmas tops the list: the decorations, music, gifts, Christmas trees, and family time.

Everything seems over the top as roughly two billion people around the world celebrate this holiday which has its roots in Christianity.

Christians observe the celebration of Christ’s birth on December 25th.

For many, the household awakes on Christmas morning to a beautifully decorated tree complete with lights, garland, and lovely ornaments.

Beneath the tree are presents, some of which Santa Claus has brought for the children.

After the gift opening, children play with their new things while Mom and Dad bustle around to get the turkey stuffed and in the oven.

As with all holidays, particular foods are associated with the Christmas holiday. Turkey is the star on most Christmas dining tables.

Roast turkey is usually accompanied by stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and jeweled cranberry sauce.

When we are young, our focus is on Santa, the jolly, bearded man who slips down the chimney and leaves gifts under the tree.

As Christmas draws nearer and children become more and more excited, parents more and more frequently utter the phrase, “Santa won’t come if you’re not good!” 

If it has any effect, it’s usually very fleeting.

Christmas music is another part of the season which we hear everywhere. 

I always feel sorry for people who work in retail as they must get so tired of the Christmas music which plays from mid-November until the big day.

Pop renditions of Christmas tunes are typically bad and cheesy, lol.

We also hear a lot of choral music which is normally quite good. What would Christmas be without George Frederick Handel’s Messiah and its great Hallelujah Chorus?!

Christmas does come from the birth of Jesus Christ, and many families observe the tradition of attending church Christmas Eve to celebrate the baby’s birth.

For many, the festivities begin when they return from midnight mass, with gift-opening, and Christmas dinner being eaten that night.

Everyone stays up until the wee hours of the morning.

In this article, I look at journal prompts about Christmas as well as other holidays. Please join me!

Christmas-Inspired Journal Prompts

Christmas is a time of great joy and celebration when family members come together and show their love for each other with gifts.

The time-honored traditions that families have are loved and people look forward to them all year.

One family I know has a curling bonspiel each year on Boxing Day.

Another family rents the local arena and friends and family gather to skate.

Christmas caroling is another tradition kept by some families. People go from house to house singing carols and songs.

The beautiful Nutcracker ballet is attended by thousands every Christmas season. The story of a little girl, Clara, who saves the life of the Nutcracker Prince, and is given a crown by the Sugar Plum Fairy, is a Christmas season favorite.

So, too, is the performance of The Messiah with its rousing Hallelujah Chorus. Choirs all over the world perform this landmark composition by Handel every Christmas.

My own family enjoys the tradition of watching all our favorite Christmas movies during the weeks leading up to December 25th. 

We always finish with A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Another tradition we have is to attend church together on Christmas Eve. It’s magical to leave the church at night with the snow falling gently.

The next morning, after opening presents, we sit down and enjoy the French toast I have prepared the night before.

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What special traditions do you and your family have?

While many of us have favorite ways to celebrate the season, sadly, there are those who do not have those wonderful memories or traditions.

For those who are alone or may lack the funds to celebrate Christmas with special food and presents, Christmas can be an extremely difficult and lonely time of year.

Christmas provides those of us who have the means with the opportunity to help those in need.

There are many charitable organizations we can give to, food banks we can donate to, and places where we can volunteer to help serve people a special Christmas dinner.

A long-standing symbol of the Christmas season is the Salvation Army that collects donations to help those who have little.

Communities all over collect toys that are given to families where there is no money to purchase presents.

Schools often provide families in need with a Christmas hamper containing food for their Christmas dinner and gifts for children.

Let the journal prompts that follow inspire you to reflect on the traditions of your family that you cherish, and how you can help to make someone else’s Christmas merry.

56 Christmas-Inspired Journal Prompts

1. “If you were throwing a party, who would you invite?”

2. “He and his very pregnant wife can’t find a hotel room right before Christmas.”

3. “Write a thank you letter to someone you feel grateful to.”

4. “Write five things you feel grateful for that happened this year.”

5. “How are you planning to make time for self-care in this busy season? “

6. “How can you make yourself a priority right now?”

7. “What physical gift could you give yourself for Christmas?”

8. “How would you like to feel comforted this year? “

9. “Write about the worst present your character ever got.”

10. “What can make you feel happy this season?”

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11. “They’re putting up a Christmas tree at the hospital.”

12. “Okay, he’s not Santa, but he did have a very good reason for breaking into the house.”

13. “What are some struggles for you during this time of year? What can you do to get through it?”

14. “What are some kind things you can do for others before starting the new year?”

15. “What non-physical gift do you need? Ex: forgiveness, time alone, self-love, patience, boundaries, etc.”

16. “Write about what happened when Santa Claus tried to deliver the presents on Christmas Eve last year… But somehow failed? Or was he successful? You decide!”

17. “Write a list of things you’re thankful for this year, including people and important things (like your family, pets, friends, and school).”

18. “Describe the best Christmas tree and Christmas lights you’ve ever seen.”

"Describe the best Christmas tree and Christmas lights you’ve ever seen."

19. “Write about something that could replace a Christmas tree. Why would it be a good substitute? Would you decorate it? And how?”

20. “Invent a Christmas tradition you’d like to start this year with your family or friends! What’ll it be? Who’ll do it? Why? How often will it take place? What’s planned for next year?”

21. “Describe your favorite Christmas smell (candles, cinnamon buns).”

22. “Write about the magic of Christmas.”

23. “Describe a Christmas in winter”

24. “Describe a Christmas in summer”

25. “Write a story about a family trying to save money at Christmas”

26. “Write about how Santa Claus (Father Christmas) gets stuck in your chimney, and you must help him.”

27. “What’re the 5 best Christmas books in the world?”

28. “What’re the 5 best Christmas movies in the world?”

29. “Which artists were born on Christmas Day?”

30. “Which politicians were born on Christmas Day?”

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31. “What’s the most famous Christmas carol in the USA, and why?”

32. “What’s the story of the Nutcracker (Christmas time ballet)?”

33. “Where in the world is the longest Christmas holiday, and why?”

34. “What is your favorite holiday treat?”

35. “Do you feel nostalgic during the holidays? What memories make you feel this way?”

36. “What’s an important lesson you learned this year that has helped you grow?”

37. “What is on your festive shopping list this year?”

"What is on your festive shopping list this year?"-Holiday Journal Prompts

38. “Someone receives a gift wrapped in newspaper and duct tape.”

39. “Even though many people have happy family celebrations this time of year, it can be the opposite for others. Who are some other people you can be with instead and enjoy? “

40. “At the castle, Christmas is very different from what she’s used to.”

41. “What’s one thing you want to do differently this year from last year?”

42. “Someone has been cutting down and stealing trees from the Christmas tree farm.”

43. “Write about someone who’s determined to make amends at Christmas.”

44. “Do you like giving or receiving gifts?”

45. “Write a scene that incorporates the smells of Christmas.”

46. “Two strangers wind up participating in a holiday activity together.”

47. “What feeling comes first when you think about the holiday season?”

48. “What is a new experience you’d like to have during the holidays?”

49. “What inspired you to start a holiday journal?”

50. “What is a favorite childhood memory from this time of year?”

51. “Write about your ideal holiday season day and visualize it in detail.”

52. “Write a wishlist of festive activities and how you want to feel throughout the season.”

53. “What’s a reindeer doing in this part of town?”

54. “What parts of the holiday do you enjoy and not enjoy? How can you do less of what you don’t enjoy?”

55. “Someone resorts to desperate measures to get home for Christmas.”

56. “What is the best gift you have ever received?”

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Fun Holiday Journal Writing Prompts

Christmas is just one of many holidays we celebrate each year. Each season brings a special day.

On February 14th, we have St. Valentine’s Day, a day when we celebrate love. 

Valentines, cards that profess the sender’s love for the recipient of the card, are commonly sent on this day.

In addition, lovers often give flowers, jewelry, and let’s not forget, chocolate to their special someone.

It is also popular to enjoy a lovely meal, often at a restaurant, to mark this romantic occasion.

The next month in the calendar gives us St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland, but you don’t have to be Irish to join in the fun! 

Irish music, Irish dancing, and lots of green beer are the hallmarks of this occasion!

Spring brings us Easter. Easter is a religious holiday, the most important time in the Christian calendar, marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Bunny rabbits, and an Easter egg hunt are things that children look forward to on this holiday.

In the fall of the year, North Americans look forward to Thanksgiving, a feast that commemorates the first meal shared by the pilgrims and Indigenous peoples.

Turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie are the regulars on this menu – delicious!

The end of October marks what is typically every child’s second favorite holiday after Christmas – Halloween.

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Children dress up in costumes and go ‘trick or treating,’ collecting candy. Halloween is a holiday many adults enjoy as well.

It’s a great excuse to dress up in costume, throw a party, and have some fun!

Check out the journal prompts on different holidays!

32 Fun Holiday Writing Prompts

57. “My favorite Christmas cookie is…”

58. “This is what I know about pumpkins.”

59. “In the snow, I saw an elf crying because…”

60. “The one thing I really want for the holiday (Christmas, Hanukkah) is…”

61. “Dear Mr. Groundhog,”

62. “The old witch was mixing her brew made out of…”

63. “After our apple testing, write down what you learned this week.”

"After our apple testing, write down what you learned this week."

64. “How do you help prepare for Thanksgiving?”

65. “If I were a Halloween goblin, I would…”

66. “What is a menorah and why is it important?”

67. “I don’t like to _____ during the holidays because…”

68. “I want to be a ____ for Halloween because…”

69. “Which holiday has the most meaning for you: Canada Day, Thanksgiving, or Valentine’s Day–and why?”

70. “Write a story about a Scary Jack-o’-Lantern.”

71. “If I were a Pilgrim in 1620, I would…”

72. “If I were a Native American in early America, I would…”

73. “Tell me about the Pilgrims – what they dressed like and what they did.”

74. “The old graveyard was filled with…”

75. “I love to eat _____ on Thanksgiving because…”

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76. “The best part about Halloween is…”

77. “The gingerbread man jumped out of the oven and…”

78. “The lost reindeer…”

79. “Wrapping presents is…”

80. “Who will be coming to your Thanksgiving or where will you be going?”

81. “What will your Thanksgiving table look like?”

"What will your Thanksgiving table look like?"-Holiday Journal Prompts

82. “My New Year’s Resolution is…”

83. “It is better to give than receive. Who would you give something to and what would it be?”

84. “Tell a story about Christopher Columbus’ ship and his voyages.”

85. “What do I know about Hanukkah?”

86. “How do you help prepare for Christmas?”

87. “I love St Patrick’s Day because…”

88. “This month is Thanksgiving. Tell me what you know about this holiday and what you love the most about it.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need To Be A Skilled Writer To Use Holiday Journal Prompts?

No, you do not need to be a skilled writer to use holiday journal prompts. They are suitable for individuals of all writing levels, from beginners to experienced writers. The goal is to enhance your personal holiday journaling experience.

How Often Should I Use Holiday Journal Prompts During The Holiday Season?

The frequency of using holiday journal prompts is entirely up to you. You can use them daily, periodically, or on specific days or events during the holiday season. It’s a flexible and personal choice.

Can I Use Digital Formats For Holiday Journal Prompts, Or Are They Primarily For Physical Journals?

Holiday journal prompts can be used in both physical and digital formats. You can write them in a traditional journal, a note-taking app, a blog, or any medium that suits your preferences and holiday activities.

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