Religious Themed Holiday Writing Prompts:
- How The Grinch Stole Christmas:
-Describe how the Grinch changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story.
-How would you help the Grinch if you were a Who in Who-ville?
- A Christmas Carol:
-Describe how Ebenezer Scrooge changed from the beginning of the story to the end of the story.
-How would you help Ebenezer?
- Write a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa acrostic poem
- Rudolph’s nose was green!
- The gingerbread man jumped out of the oven and…
- Write about a wonderful Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa memory.
- Off in the distance, I heard the sound of sleigh bells…
- Off in the distance, I saw the flickering light of candles…
- Describe your most entertaining Dreidel playing experience.
- Write about one of your family’s holiday traditions. Describe it in detail, tell how you feel about it, and what this tradition means to you.
- Write an unselfish letter to Santa, asking him to bring a needed item to a friend or family member.
- Essay: Research how Christianity and Islam are related and why Islam acknowledges Jesus (Isa) as a Prophet in the Qur’an (Qur’an Chapter 3 verse 45; Surat ‘Ali `Imran [3:45])
- What role does Isa/Jesus Christ have in Islam? Write about it.
- Why is Isa/Jesus also an important figure in Islam?
- Write about the importance Mary/Marium has in Islam.
- How is Mary/Marium also honored in Islam?
- How are Holidays celebrated and observed in both Judaism and Islam, do they follow a special calendar?
- Essay: Write about a Semitic language such as Aramaic (used during Christ’s time) and/or Hebrew or even Arabic. What’s similar, what’s different?
- Essay: Research and write about a Christmas and/or Hanukkah tradition in another part of the world.
- Essay: Research and write about Kwanzaa, a week-long holiday honoring African culture and traditions that falls between December 26th and January 1st.
- Essay: Research and write about Hanukkah, an eight-day celebration that commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem when Jews rose up against Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.
- Essay: Why is Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa celebrated?
- How important do you think presents are to give during the holidays?
- Essay: What are some of the best gifts you have ever received for Hanukkah? How do you think these gifts differ from the ones that kids receive on Christmas?
- Nonfiction: The menorah is the major symbol of Hanukkah and it demonstrates how the small amount of oil was able to light the holy temple for eight whole nights. Have you ever had something last much longer than you expected it to? How grateful were you that it lasted so long?
- Nonfiction: How would you best describe the holiday of Hanukkah to someone who has never heard of it before?
- Nonfiction: What is the importance of singing the blessings over the lighting of the menorah?
- Nonfiction: How would you explain the blessings to someone who doesn’t understand Hebrew?
Secular Holiday Writing Prompts:
- What are your wishes for the world this holiday season?
- My favorite winter sport is…
- Write a paragraph describing what this holiday phrase means to you: “Peace on Earth, Goodwill toward Men.”
- If I could give one gift to the world, it would be…
- Pretend that you are a penguin who loves to tweet. Write 5 tweets describing what it is like to live Antarctica.
- The Abominable Snowman is an ape-like creature said to inhabit the Himalayan regions of Nepal and Tibet. Write a story about seeing the Abominable Snowman.
- Pick three New Year’s Resolutions. Describe why you picked them and how you will accomplish them.
- School/work has been cancelled for the day because of a snow storm. What would you like to do during this unexpected day off from school/work?
- The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is on December 10th and you have been selected to receive this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Why have you been selected as this year’s recipient?
- What would it be like if it was winter all year long?
- Essay: The Winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere and on June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.
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