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Writing Prompts to Take You Through the New Year

By Lily Iatridis  December 11, 2013

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Do your kids practice daily journal writing? Things are hectic this time of year, with many holiday celebrations for so many of us. We’re typically doing a lot of cooking, spending time with family and friends, preparing gifts for our loved ones, and decorating our homes for the season. It can get pretty difficult to keep up our daily school routines.

Well, if having your kids write is part of your daily school routine, never fear! When an upcoming holiday is coming up and they’re distracted, it helps a lot to simply wrap up your school goals into pleasant holiday themed activities so they can channel that seasonal excitement into the skills training that they need.

To that end, below is a list of twenty writing prompts for any age that should carry you over to the New Year. Please note that not all of the writing prompts are holiday related; some are simply seasonal

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1) Share your favorite family holiday traditions and explain why you like them best.

2) What have you accomplished over the course of the year? List both major and minor achievements!

3) Based on your list of accomplishments, can you find any categories or common themes? In other words, what similarities can you find in your list?

4) Name ten goals you’d like to set for yourself in 2014. Picture yourself reaching them, and describe what that looks and feels like to you.

5) Explain how to make your favorite holiday craft or recipe.

6) Describe all the outdoor winter activities you can do in your hometown.

7) What’s it like where you live in the winter? Is it cold? What does the landscape look like?

8) Briefly write about your favorite stories you either read or hear this time of year. If don’t have any particular seasonal stories, tell about your all around favorites.

9) Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” What does that mean to you?

10) Robert Louis Stevenson once said, "A friend is a gift you give yourself." What does that mean to you?

11) Robert Louis Stevenson also said, “Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” What did he mean by that? What does it mean to you personally?

12) Edith Wharton once said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” What does that mean? Do you think one way of “spreading light” is better than another?

13) If you had to spend the night in an igloo, what would you take with you to keep warm?

14) What’s your favorite winter sport to watch or to do? Tell why that’s special to you.

15) What are your favorite charities and why?

16) What kinds of foods does your family eat on holiday feast days? Describe a sample menu.

17) Do you play any special games or eat any special foods on New Years’ day?

18) Of all the celebrations that take place this time of year, which one is your favorite and why?

19) What do our holiday celebrations teach us?

20) If you had the chance to name a brand new holiday and celebrate it a certain way, what would you create?

Happy Holidays!


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