Christmas is a wonderful time of year for student writing. There is a very high level of student motivation! Student interest and motivation stays high when students write about Christmas coming from different angles and with different purposes.

Here is a great list of Christmas essay and story writing ideas! Remember, using “Pattern Based Writing: Quick & Easy Essay” will ensure your students can start and finish any of these wonderful essay and story ideas in under 30 minutes! Now that’s a gift!

Please Note: Alexander Bain’s widely accepted century-old model holds that there are only four modes of discourse: 1) descriptive 2) narrative 3) expository and 4) argument/persuasive. Many of the headings below are “organizational models or patterns” and can be combined with the four main modes of discourse. Example: The “cause and effect pattern” can be expressed in the descriptive, narrative, expository, or argumentative genre.

Christmas Persuasive Essay

•   There definitely is a Santa Claus.
•   I definitely have been a very good boy or girl this year.
•   Christmas is a time to be thinking of others.
•   Presents are very important on Christmas Day.
•   Presents should not be important on Christmas Day.
•   We should have the Christmas spirit all year round.
•   How getting everything on my Christmas wish list would make the world a better place.
•   Christmas is a time to be thankful and for reflection.
•   We should have Christmas twice a year!

Christmas Process Essay or How-To Essay

•   A kid’s perfect minute-by-minute plan for Christmas Day.
•   The correct way to open Christmas presents.
•   How to buy the perfect Christmas present for someone.
•   How to make Christmas a special day for the entire family.
•   How to prepare for Christmas Day.
•   How to wrap a Christmas present.
•   Santa’s complete process from getting started until delivering his very last present.
•   How to decorate for Christmas.

Christmas Argumentative Essay

•   There should be absolutely no arguing on Christmas Day.
•   Christmas is the best holiday of them all.
•   The real meaning of Christmas is _______
•   The Christmas spirit is alive and well.

Christmas Evaluation Essay

•   What is the effect that Christmas has on society?
•   Has the meaning of Christmas changed over time?
•   What would Jesus think of Christmas today?
•   Has Christmas become too commercialized?

Christmas Narrative/ Personal Narrative Essay

•   A wonderful Christmas memory.
•   My favorite present I ever GAVE.
•   Christmas shopping with my family.
•   My favorite part of Christmas.
•   Family time on Christmas.
•   Christmas traditions in my family.
•   The best Christmas ever.
•   Funny happenings on Christmas day.
•   Memorable presents.

Christmas Cause and Effect Essay

•   How I feel when I give on Christmas Day.
•   How the birth of Jesus affected our world.
•   How the Christmas spirit affects people’s behavior and attitude.
•   Preparations for Christmas Day and the outcomes of all that hard work.
•   What effect does all the Christmas media promotion have?

Christmas Expository/Informational Essay

•   The real truth about Santa Claus. The history of Santa Claus.
•   The history of Christmas.
•   Christmas through the ages.
•   Christmas traditions.
•   Facts about Christmas.
•   The symbols and symbolism of Christmas.
•   The first Christmas.

Christmas Descriptive Essay

•   Describe opening presents.
•   How I felt opening presents, eating delicious food, and spending time with family and friends.
•   Describe the Christmas spirit or Christmas energy.
•   Describe who you celebrate Christmas with. What makes them unique or special to celebrate with?
•   Describe the sights, sounds, and smells of when you first walk out to the tree on Christmas morning.
•   Describe how the anticipation and excitement of Christmas makes you feel.
•   Describe the sights, sounds, and smells of Christmas.

Christmas Five-Paragraph Essay

•   Three reasons…
•   Three signs…
•   Three presents…
•   Three traditions…
•   Three signs that Christmas is just around the corner.
•   Three reasons I love Christmas.

Christmas Compare and Contrast Essay

•   Christmas now compared to Christmas when I was “young.”
•   What used to be important to me about Christmas compared to what is important about Christmas to me now.
•   The day before Christmas, Christmas Day, and the day after Christmas.
•   Giving vs. receiving.
•   Christmas for kids compared to Christmas for adults.
•   Christmas traditions in different cultures.
•   Christmas without Santa Claus compared to Christmas with Santa Claus.

Christmas Story Ideas

•   A Christmas miracle.
•   The greatest present ever.
•   People in need on Christmas.
•   The real story of Christmas.
•   The day after Christmas.
•   The day I met Santa Claus.
•   Wooah…CRASH… Santa?
•   Wow… Look at that star!

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Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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