Journal Writing Prompts for the Christmas Season

Do you want to add some Christmas entries to your journal? Christmas is a magical time of year. Writing about your current and past Christmas seasons is a great way to preserve your memories. If you need inspiration, check out the following journal writing prompts for the Christmas season.

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  1. How do you plan to spend the holiday season?
  2. Create a holiday bucket list. Add at least 10 activities.
  3. Describe what Christmas means to you. Go into details.  
  4. What Christmas traditions did you have growing up?
  5. Do you still incorporate any of those traditions with your family or friends today? Why?
  6. What new Christmas activities do you plan to try this year? Why?
  7. What is your favorite Christmas memory from childhood?
  8. What is your favorite Christmas memory as an adult?
  9. What do you feel was your worse Christmas? Why?
  10. Write a letter to Santa Claus. Yes, you as an adult write a letter to Santa.
  11. What is your favorite Christmas song? Why?
  12. What is your favorite Christmas show? Why?
  13. Write an A-to-Z list of everything Christmas-related. It’s harder than you think.
  14. How do you plan to give back to the community this Christmas?
  15. I love the holiday season because______________________. Free write your answer for at least 15 minutes.
  16. What was your best Christmas gift as a child? As an adult?
  17. If you were granted 3 wishes for Christmas, what would you pick? Why?
  18. Have you ever peeked at a Christmas gift for you as a child? Or an adult? What was the gift?
  19. What are you most thankful for this Christmas season?
  20. If you could give a Christmas gift to your community, what would you pick?
  21. Today is the first official day of winter. How does winter add to the Christmas season?
  22. Do you attend church services regularly or attend Christmas related services? How does your spiritual beliefs help you celebrate the Christmas season?
  23. What are you hoping to see over the next couple of days when celebrating Christmas?
  24. Christmas Eve! What do you plan to do?
  25. Merry Christmas! Write about your entire day.
  26. Did you go shopping for the day after Christmas bargains? Or spend the day just relaxing?
  27. Write about your best and worst New Year’s Eve celebrations.
  28. As a child, did you celebrate New Year’s Eve as a family? What did you do?
  29. Write about your Christmas season. List the highs and lows.
  30. Write about 2021.
  31. Happy New Year’s Eve! What are you plans?  

Journal Writing Prompts for December

The last month of the year is finally here. Are you ready to keep writing in your journal? If you are searching for suggestions, check out the following journal writing prompts for December.

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  1. How did November go for you, your family, work, school, and community? List your highs and lows for the month.
  2. What are you hoping to accomplish during the last month of 2021? List 5 goals.
  3. If you could relive one day over in 2021, what day would you pick? Why?
  4. What new hobbies are hoping to try over the winter months?
  5. What skill are you hoping to develop in 2022? Why is this important?
  6. Free write for 15 minutes.
  7. What one moment from today made you smile? Why?
  8. Are you satisfied with your current circumstances? Why or why not? What would you like to change?
  9. What has been on your mind lately? Why does this seem to be taking over your thoughts?
  10. List your biggest priorities for the day, week, the rest of the month, and next year.
  11. Did you overreact to any situation this week or month? Why?
  12. Who is your biggest inspiration at this moment? Why is this person so important to you?
  13. What is the best advice you could give someone right now? What is the best advice someone recently gave you?
  14. What is your biggest strength? Why?
  15. Why do you perceive as your biggest weakness? Why?
  16. If you knew tomorrow was the last day on Earth, what would you do? Why?
  17. What is the most important relationship in your life right now? Why?
  18. What have you been doing in your spare time lately? Do this activity bring you joy?
  19. What is one thing that you need in your life right now to improve your mood or situation? Why?
  20. Where would you like to travel next holiday season? Why?
  21. Happy First Day of Winter? What is the winter season like in your area? List highs and lows.
  22. What is one new activity you want to try next year? Why?
  23.   What do you do to stay healthy? Physically? And mentally? Do you need to take further steps in 2022? Why?
  24. Christmas Eve! How do you celebrate?
  25. Merry Christmas! How did the day go for you? What was your favorite moment?
  26. What are some of your favorite memories of 2021?
  27. For 2022, you plan to do more of________________. List at least 5 things.
  28. If you could have changed one thing in 2021, what would it be? Why?
  29. If you had to summarize 2021 with 5 words, what would you pick? Why?
  30. What do you hope to see in 2022?
  31. New Year’s Eve! How did you celebrate?

25 Days of Christmas: Drawing Prompts

December ushers in a month-long season of Christmas cheer. Are you looking to put extra merriment in the holiday season? Drawing is a superb creative outlet to add to this magical time of year.  

25 Drawing Prompts for Christmas

Christmas tree and gifts
  1. Self-Portrait with a Christmas Theme
  2. Christmas Tree
  3. Christmas Gifts, Wrapping Paper, Ribbons, & Bows
  4. Christmas Cards
  5. Santa & Mrs. Claus
  6. Elves
  7. North Pole & Santa’s Workshop
  8. Santa’s Sleigh & Reindeer (Don’t forget Rudolph)
  9. The Grinch
  10. Christmas Ornaments & Tree Topper
  11. Christmas Stockings
  12. Mistle Toe
  13. Nativity
  14. Mary, Joseph, & Baby Jesus
  15. Christmas Star
  16. Angels
  17. Letters to Santa
  18. Gingerbread House
  19. Christmas Sweater
  20. Candy Cane and Christmas Sweets
  21. Christmas Bells
  22. Christmas Wreath
  23. Nutcracker
  24. Peace On Earth
  25. Merry Christmas

Get the most out of your Christmas drawing prompts by turning your creations into ornaments. Consider using small notecards which can easily be laminated. Next, punch a hole in the top to add ribbon to hang on your Christmas tree.

Self-Care Ideas for December

December is a busy month. The holiday season always adds extra commitments to your busy schedule. Remember to take time for yourself. Engaging in self-care is a necessity for your overall well-being. If you need suggestions, check out the following list for self-care ideas for December.

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  1. Make a commitment to yourself for a stress-free month.
  2. Make a holiday planner (Staying organized is a great way to reduce stress).
  3. Give yourself permission for a lazy afternoon.
  4. Write in a journal
  5. Buy yourself something warm and fuzzy, a blanket or a pair of socks
  6. Make a play list of your favorite holiday songs.
  7. Curl up with a cozy warm blanket and a good Christmas themed book.
  8. Invest in a good moisturizer for the winter months.
  9. Bake something delicious.
  10. Get plenty of sleep. Take a nap or sleep in.
  11. Take a warm bubble bath or a long hot shower.
  12. Light a scented candle, meditate or pray.
  13. Listen to your favorite podcast while giving yourself a facial.
  14. Eat a meal by candlelight.
  15. Get creative, make your own Christmas decorations or ornaments.
  16. Go to a festive community event.
  17. Get outdoors, go for a walk or a hike.
  18. Call an old friend to chat.
  19. Spend an afternoon at the library, search for books, and enjoy the quiet.
  20. Buy flannel sheets.
  21. First official day of winter! Find a new hobby for the winter months.
  22. Start feeding the wild birds.
  23. Binge watch your favorite Christmas movies.
  24. Christmas Eve! Watch It’s a Wonderful Life.
  25. Christmas Day! Merry Christmas! Enjoy your day!
  26. Make a fruit smoothie.
  27. Try a new soup recipe.
  28. Order take-out.
  29. Visit a new local shop or café.
  30. Try a new dessert recipe.
  31. New Year’s Eve! Celebrate you made it through 2021!

25 Days of Christmas: Photo Prompts

Are you trying to get into the holiday spirit? If you are looking for extra inspiration for the Christmas season, check out the following photo prompts.

25 Photo Prompts for the Christmas Season

  1. Selfie in front of Christmas décor
  2. Christmas Tree
  3. Ornaments
  4. Ribbons and Bows
  5. Mistletoe
  6. Christmas Gifts
  7. Candy Canes & Other Christmas Sweets
  8. Christmas Lights
  9. Christmas Cheer
  10. Tradition
  11. Baking
  12. Stockings
  13. Family
  14. Bells
  15. Peace
  16. Red and Green
  17. Wrapping Paper
  18. Nostalgic
  19. Shining Bright
  20. Nativity
  21. Beverages
  22. Peace on Earth
  23. Joy to the World
  24. Santa
  25. Merry Christmas!

Rebecca Reviewed It: Village of Ashley Country Christmas

Colorful lights, Santa & Mrs. Claus, flame-throwing juggler, Christmas music, and a roaring steam engine, what else do you need on a chilly evening? I went to watch the beautiful Pere Marquette aka the Polar Express thunder into Ashley, Michigan. Carrying passengers to visit a small town completely decked out for Christmas fun.

Where: The train comes from Owosso to arrive in the small Village of Ashley, Michigan. The passengers enjoy about a 1 hour 15-minute ride, stay in Ashley for a couple of hours, then return to Owosso. The public is welcome to enjoy the small town and view the train coming into town.

When: The Polar Express comes into town twice a day every weekend until Christmas.

This is the official pamphlet from the Village of Ashley Country Christmas 2021.

What You View: The town is set up with a variety of little Christmas shops, food, hot cocoa, and activities for the entire family to enjoy. For example Penny Lane has handcrafted gifts to wear. The handmade hats are beautiful and warm.

The lists of little shops and activities within in the town.

Will I Go Again? Most definitely, yes. I would love to see the train arrive after a heavy snowfall. Hopefully Mother Nature and my schedule allow me to do it. Who knows maybe one of these times, I will actually ride the train.

How to Make a Christingle

Is this the first time hearing the word Christingle? Are you asking yourself, “what exactly is a Christingle?” Well, before you start searching, continue reading about the long-standing history of Christingle.

Christingle is a symbolic way to celebrate the Christian faith. Dating back to the mid-1700s, Christingle was part of a German worship service. Representing Jesus bringing light to the world,  John de Watteville, a minister, gave each child a lighted candle with a red ribbon.

In the late 1960s, Christingles became popular in England. Generally, Christingle services are held the week before or part of Christmas Eve services. Due to the pandemic, Christmas 2020 is going to be different. But you and your family can try new things. Making a Christingle is a wonderful new tradition to begin.

How to Make a Christingle

Are you wondering how to make a Christingle? The activity is simple; however, each piece has a specific meaning.

List of Needed Items

I used the candy that I had on hand.

  • Orange: The base of the Christingle is an orange or tangerine representing the whole world.
  • White Candle: Standing tall and straight, the white candle represents God giving light to the world.
  • Red Ribbon: Tying the ribbon around the orange represents the blood of Jesus and dying on the cross.
  • Four Skewers or Toothpicks: The four toothpicks represent North, South, East, and West. They also represent the four changing seasons. If you use skewers, you can fit more pieces of fruit and candy on to your stick.
  • Pieces of Dried Fruits: In addition to dried fruit, you can use nuts, miniature marshmallows, and sweets. The items represent the fruits of the Earth.

In addition to the list above, you will need tin foil. The tinfoil is a precautionary measure to prevent the dripping candle wax from getting into the orange’s interior.

Next, you start the task of creating your own Christingle. Younger children will need help with the first step. Slicing the top of your orange makes a hole large enough to fit your white candle’s base. Before pushing the candle down into the orange, cover the opening with foil.

When your base is complete, set aside. Now begin to place the dried fruits or other sweets onto the skewers. Repeat this step four times.

Place the candy, dried fruits, marshmallows, or nuts on to the skewers.

Now, push the four skewers into the orange. Place the skewers on each side to create a balanced appearance. Finally, wrap your piece of red ribbon around the orange and tie it into a bow. Congratulations on finishing your first Christingle.

I sat my Christingle on top of a Mason jar while I worked on it.

Staying close to home for the holidays is the time to do family crafts. Have fun making Christingles. Light the candles to take a photo in front of your tree on Christmas Eve. (Always practice safety procedures when using candles).

Make extras to give away. Just remember, do not cut the hole into the orange until you are ready to give your Christingle to the intended person.

Reference:

The History of Christingles.  https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/christingles.shtml

Ways to Celebrate Your Baby’s First Christmas

Are you celebrating your baby’s first Christmas this year? Due to the pandemic, numerous Christmas events are canceled, including visits with Santa Claus. But staying close to home doesn’t mean your precious little one’s first Christmas will be unmemorable.

Have fun! Enjoy! Your baby’s first Christmas is the perfect time to start new traditions or revisit old ones. Celebrate every moment. Check out the following list of ways to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas at home.

Write a Yearly Christmas Letter

Write a letter to your baby. Detail all your activities and feelings surrounding your baby’s first Christmas. Next, you can place the letter in an envelope to store in a shoebox or use a journal to make your entry.

Each year, add a letter or entry. When your child becomes an adult, give the letters or journal as part of Christmas gifts. The memories instantly turn into a lasting treasure.

Are you wondering what to write? Consider adding some of these details to your baby’s first Christmas letter.

  • Your baby’s age
  • Date of the letter
  • Favorite new toy
  • Reaction to the Christmas tree
  • Favorite Christmas song
  • Who was there on Christmas

Send a Christmas Card

Unless you want the post date, you do not technically need to send the Christmas card. Similar to the letter-writing activity, give your child a Christmas card each year. Write a small note inside the card.

Ask your friends or family to send your baby a Christmas card. Request your loved ones to write a small note, favorite Bible verse, Christmas tradition, or other activities.

Christmas Ornaments

Buy or make your baby’s first Christmas ornament. The new ornament does not need to be expensive. A plain ornament from your local dollar store is perfect. But remember to add a date. Buying an ornament for your child each year is a beautiful tradition. When your child is an adult, the decorations turn into a treasured gift.

Christmas Season Photos

Get camera happy! Taking lots of photos is one of the best ways to celebrate and remember your baby’s first Christmas.

  • Family Photo: Set your timer or do a selfie to take a family photo to celebrate your baby’s first Christmas. The picture can be casual or dress up in your good clothes for a more formal appearance.
  • Pajama Photo: Buy matching pajamas, strike a pose, and take fun photos.
  • Sibling Photo: Snap a photo of your new little one with older siblings. (Yes, your dog or cat can be part of the picture if your new baby is your first).
  • By the Tree: Hold your little one up to the Christmas tree to hang an ornament. (Depending on the age of your baby, you may have to perform the actual holding on to the ornament.) This simple task is a perfect picture to use your baby’s first ornament.

Make a Christmas Scrapbook

Print out all your photos from the holiday season, save the Christmas cards and other memorabilia to make a scrapbook. Add stickers, photo details, and other embellishments to make the scrapbook a long-lasting treasure.

Observing your baby’s first Christmas is a memorable event. Celebrate every moment of the holiday season with your new little one. Enjoy the Christmas season. Small activities can easily turn into long-lasting memories.

 

Handmade Christmas Wrapping Paper Craft

Are you looking to start a new Christmas tradition? How about making handmade Christmas wrapping paper for all of your gifts? Doing Christmas crafts as a family activity is a great way to celebrate the holiday season. Best of all, making homemade gift wrap is an easy project for all ages.

Materials Needed:

  • Sponges of any size and shape
  • Scissors
  • Butcher paper, newsprint, or other types of packing paper (You can purchase rolls of brown shipping paper at your local dollar store).
  • Paint
  • Containers for paint
  • Markers

Instructions:

  1. Cut sponges into various shapes, for example, Christmas trees, gift boxes, stars, candy canes, and ornaments. (Help younger children cut the sponges into shapes.)
  2. Spread your choice of paper on a flat surface.
  3. Squirt small amounts of paint in your container.
  4. Dip your cut sponge into the paint.
  5. Make certain the paint covers the entire sponge for a clear shape.
  6. Press sponge on to the paper. When you are finished, simply rinse the sponges of the entire paint residue. You can use the sponges more than once.
  7. Continue the process until you reach your desired design.
  8. Allow the paint shapes to dry.
  9. Use markers to add outlines, Christmas songs, Bible verses, names, or other designs to your gift wrap.
  10. Now, wrap your Christmas gifts and enjoy it.

Homemade gift wrap is an excellent way to provide a personalized touch to your presents. Use your imagination to create numerous sheets of wrapping paper. Set the mood for family fun by playing Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate, and eating snacks.

Christmas Fun: Making Plaster Ornaments

Let’s face it, the Christmas season can get busy quickly. Spending high-quality family time together is essential to enjoy the holidays. When you are you looking for fun, family activities to celebrate Christmas, consider making plaster ornaments.

Plaster ornaments are simple to make. You can hang them on your own tree. Or share them with family members as gifts. Kids will love making an ornament for grandma, grandpa, a favorite aunt or uncle.

Materials Needed:

  • Christmas themed molds or pans (The plaster does not harm them, just wash thoroughly after use.)
  • Plaster
  • Throw away containers for mixing plaster. (Remember not to pour remaining plaster down the sink.)
  • Water
  • Paint in various colors
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions:

  1. Place newspapers or other protective materials on your counter.
  2. Mix plaster as directed. Always add the plaster mixture to the water for a smooth and consistent mixture. (Keep in mind, the plaster hardens quickly. You need to have your molds ready to go. You can add a little extra water to provide a bit more time).
  3. Fill the molds completely.
  4. Place hangers into your mold. (Paper clips or pop can tab work great for an instant, inexpensive hanger).
  5. Allow your ornaments to dry completely.
  6. Gently remove the ornaments from the molds. You may need to tap on the mold to loosen the ornament.
  7. Paint the ornaments. (You can also personalize the ornaments with names).

Even younger children can help with the painting process. Just do not forget to add the date on the back. The Christmas ornaments can quickly turn into a lasting treasure.

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