101 December Journal Prompts to Reflect and Celebrate Your Year


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Hey there, fellow writing enthusiast! πŸ‘‹ Ready to dive into some free December writing prompts that’ll supercharge your journaling process? You’re in for a treat! I’ve got 101 different writing prompts for December that’ll make your daily writing more exciting than finding the perfect gift during the winter holidays. 

Whether you’re a seasoned pro at writing daily or just starting your first diary, these prompts will help you get creative and have fun. From reflecting on gift-giving to exploring various aspects of the season, we’ve got you covered. 

So, would you rather stick to your usual journaling routine or spice things up with these prompts? Grab your writing journal, and let’s embark on this creative journey together! Trust me, using one (or all) of these prompts will transform your December journaling experience.

You can find other month’s prompts here:

How to Use These December Journal Prompts

The month of December is the perfect time to supercharge your journal writing practice. Trust me, I’ve been there, staring at a blank journal cover, wondering how to kickstart my daily writing practice. But don’t live in fear of the empty page! These prompts make it easy to get your creative juices flowing.

Here’s how to make the most of these daily writing prompts:

  1. Calendar it: Block out 15 minutes each day for your journal writing. Consistency is key!
  2. Get festive: Decorate your journal with stickers, doodles, or even a mini paper snowman. Make it a space you love to visit.
  3. Mix it up: Alternate between Christmas writing prompts and more general daily prompts to keep things fresh.
  4. Create a list: On days when you’re feeling stuck, simply create a list. “Top 10 Holiday Movies” anyone?
  5. Story time: Challenge yourself to write a short story using the prompt as a starter. Who knows? You might craft the next great holiday tale!
  6. Prompt roulette: Write each prompt on a slip of paper, put them in a jar, and pick one at random each day.
  7. Space it out: Don’t feel pressured to write pages and pages. Even a few thoughtful sentences can be powerful.

101 Journal Prompts for December

Alright, folks, it’s time to dive into the good stuff!

These prompts aren’t just for seasoned writers – they’re great for students too! First grade students and beginning writers will love using these to practice their skills. Teachers, these prompts are a great activity to get students writing and thinking creatively – they’ll love it more than building gingerbread houses!

For the tech-savvy journalers out there, you can find printable versions of these prompts online. Or, if you prefer a more high-tech approach, use a digital journal and copy-paste the prompts directly.

Feel free to tweak the prompts to suit your style. Would you like to visit the North Pole? Write about it! Fascinated by space themes? Imagine how reindeer would fare on Mars!

The key is to have fun and let your imagination run wild. Let’s make this December writing practice your most successful yet!

So grab your pen (or fire up that digital version) and let’s make your first successful December journaling session happen. Ready to differentiate your Christmas activities? Let’s go!

Daily Journaling Prompts for December

  1. What’s your favorite winter activity, and why does it bring you joy?
  2. Describe your ideal first day of winter. What would you do?
  3. Write a letter to yourself to open on the last day of the year.
  4. How do you plan to spread holiday cheer today?
  5. Reflect on a cherished holiday tradition from your childhood.
  6. What’s your favorite holiday movie, and what memories does it evoke?
  7. Describe the perfect snowfall using all five senses.
  8. If you could create a new holiday tradition, what would it be?
  9. Write about a time when you experienced the true spirit of giving.
  10. How has your perspective on the holidays changed as you’ve grown older?
  11. Describe your dream winter vacation destination.
  12. What’s the most thoughtful gift you’ve ever received, and why was it special?
  13. Write a short story inspired by the phrase “silent night.”
  14. How do you stay motivated during the shorter, darker days of winter?
  15. Reflect on a winter-related challenge you’ve overcome in the past.
  16. Describe your ideal cozy winter evening at home.
  17. What’s your favorite winter comfort food, and why does it bring you solace?
  18. Write about a time when you helped someone in need during the holiday season.
  19. How do you balance holiday obligations with self-care?
  20. Describe the most beautiful winter scene you’ve ever witnessed.
  21. What’s your favorite holiday scent, and what memories does it evoke?
  22. Write a letter of gratitude to someone who made a difference in your life this year.
  23. How do you plan to make time for yourself amidst the holiday bustle?
  24. Reflect on a valuable lesson you learned this year.
  25. Describe your perfect Christmas morning in vivid detail.
  26. What’s the most meaningful gift you could give that doesn’t cost money?
  27. Write about a time when you experienced a “Christmas miracle.”
  28. How do you plan to recharge and reset after the holiday season?
  29. Reflect on your biggest accomplishment of the year.
  30. What are you most looking forward to in the coming year?
  31. As the year ends, what are you most grateful for?

Christmas Journal Prompts

  1. Describe your ideal Christmas tree and the stories behind your favorite ornaments.
  2. Write a letter to Santa Claus as if you were your childhood self.
  3. Reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and how you embody it.
  4. Describe your family’s unique Christmas traditions.
  5. Write about a Christmas memory that still makes you smile.
  6. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
  7. Describe the most memorable Christmas gift you’ve ever given someone.
  8. Write a short story about a magical Christmas Eve adventure.
  9. Reflect on how you can give back to your community this Christmas season.
  10. Describe your perfect Christmas dinner menu and the memories associated with each dish.
  11. Write about a time when Christmas didn’t go as planned, but turned out even better.
  12. If you could invite any three people (living or dead) to your Christmas dinner, who would they be and why?
  13. Describe the sounds, smells, and sights of Christmas morning in your home.
  14. Write a thank-you note to someone who made your past Christmases special.
  15. Reflect on how you can make Christmas more environmentally friendly this year.
  16. Describe a Christmas tradition from another culture that fascinates you.
  17. Write about how you would celebrate Christmas if you lived at the South Pole.
  18. Reflect on the role of faith or spirituality in your Christmas celebrations.
  19. Describe your dream Christmas vacation and why it appeals to you.
  20. Write about how you can make Christmas special for someone less fortunate.

Journal Prompts to Reflect on Your Year

  1. What was your biggest personal growth moment this year?
  2. Describe three challenges you overcame and what you learned from them.
  3. What new skill or hobby did you pick up this year?
  4. Reflect on your relationships: which ones flourished, and which ones needed more attention?
  5. What was the best book you read this year, and how did it impact you?
  6. Describe your proudest professional or academic achievement of the year.
  7. What was your most significant financial decision or lesson this year?
  8. Reflect on your health journey: what positive changes did you make?
  9. What was the most valuable lesson you learned about yourself this year?
  10. Describe a moment when you stepped out of your comfort zone. What was the outcome?
  11. What goal did you set but didn’t achieve? How do you feel about it now?
  12. Reflect on your emotional growth: how have you improved in managing your feelings?
  13. What was the most unexpected positive surprise of the year?
  14. Describe a mistake you made and how you grew from it.
  15. What new perspective or worldview did you gain this year?
  16. Reflect on your personal values: how well did you live up to them this year?
  17. What was your biggest time-waster this year, and how can you address it next year?
  18. Describe a moment when you felt truly proud of yourself.
  19. What area of your life saw the most improvement this year?
  20. Reflect on the people who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year.

Holiday Celebration Journal Prompts

  1. Describe your perfect New Year’s Eve celebration.
  2. What’s your favorite holiday decoration, and what story does it tell?
  3. Write about a holiday tradition you’d like to start or revive.
  4. Reflect on how you can make the holidays more inclusive for others.
  5. Describe your ideal holiday party and the guests you’d invite.
  6. Write about a holiday mishap that turned into a cherished memory.
  7. What’s your favorite holiday song, and why does it resonate with you?
  8. Reflect on how you can simplify your holidays to focus on what truly matters.
  9. Describe your perfect winter solstice celebration.
  10. Write about how you balance different cultural or religious traditions during the holidays.
  11. Reflect on a holiday experience that changed your perspective on the season.
  12. Describe your dream holiday light display and what it represents to you.
  13. Write about a time when you experienced unexpected kindness during the holidays.
  14. Reflect on how you can make the holidays special for someone who’s alone.
  15. Describe your ideal New Year’s Day and the intentions you’d set for the year ahead.

Winter Vacation Journal Prompts

  1. Describe your dream winter getaway and why it appeals to you.
  2. Write about a winter activity you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t yet.
  3. Reflect on how you can use your winter break to recharge and reset.
  4. Describe the most memorable winter trip you’ve ever taken.
  5. Write about how you would spend a day if you were snowed in at home.
  6. Reflect on the benefits of taking time off during the winter months.
  7. Describe your ideal winter reading list and cozy reading nook.
  8. Write about a winter skill you’d like to master (e.g., skiing, ice skating, snowboarding).
  9. Reflect on how you can balance relaxation and productivity during your winter break.
  10. Describe a winter wonderland you’d love to explore and why it captivates you.
  11. Write about how you would celebrate the winter solstice in a meaningful way.
  12. Reflect on the importance of rest and hibernation during the winter months.
  13. Describe your perfect snow day and how you would make the most of it.
  14. Write about a winter-themed creative project you’d like to tackle during your vacation.
  15. Reflect on how you can carry the restful energy of your winter break into the new year.

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Tips for Starting Your Daily Journaling Practice

Alright, I see you nodding along, thinking, “This sounds great, but how do I actually make journaling a habit?” Don’t worry, I’ve got your back. Here are some tips that have worked wonders for me and my students:

  1. Start small: Seriously, start with just 5 minutes a day. It’s like going to the gym – you don’t start with a 2-hour workout, right?
  2. Pick your power hour: Are you a morning person or a night owl? Choose a time when your brain is firing on all cylinders.
  3. Create a ritual: Maybe it’s brewing a special tea or lighting your favorite candle. Create a cue that tells your brain, “It’s journaling time!”
  4. Use prompts wisely: They’re like training wheels. Use them when you need a boost, but don’t be afraid to free-write too.
  5. Experiment: Try different styles – bullet points, stream of consciousness, gratitude lists, or self-reflection exercises. Find what clicks for you. 
  6. Be real: Your journal is your judgment-free zone. Write like nobody’s watching (because they’re not!).
  7. Don’t aim for perfection: This isn’t a school essay. Messy thoughts are welcome here.
  8. Review and reflect: At the end of each week, flip back through your entries. You might be surprised at the insights you uncover.
  9. Mix it up: Combine journaling with other practices. Maybe journal after a yoga session or a meditation.
  10. Be kind to yourself: Missed a day? No biggie. Just pick up where you left off. Consistency beats perfection every time.

Journaling is a journey, not a destination. It’s about progress, not perfection. So grab that pen (or keyboard) and let’s make some magic happen!

Wrapping It Up

Whew! We’ve covered a lot of ground, haven’t we? From decking the halls to decking out your journal, you’re now armed with 101 December writing prompts to make this month’s journaling journey as exciting as a sleigh ride with Santa. Journaling is a powerful tool for self-reflection, personal growth, and creativity. Whether you’re focusing on gratitude, setting goals for the new year, or simply processing your thoughts and feelings, these prompts can serve as a guide to deeper self-understanding.

Remember, these prompts are just the beginning. They’re like story starters for your own life story. So whether you’re a first-grade student just starting out, or a seasoned journal writer looking to spice things up, there’s something here for everyone.

As we head into the last month of the year, take this opportunity to reflect, celebrate, and dream big for the future. Your journal is your own personal time machine – it lets you revisit the past, savor the present, and plan for an awesome future.

So, are you ready to embark on this December journaling adventure? Grab your favorite journal (or hey, even just a napkin will do to start), find a cozy spot, and let’s make some journaling magic happen. Who knows? This might just be the start of a beautiful new year’s resolution!

Happy writing, and may your December be filled with joy, reflection, and plenty of “aha!” moments. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some journaling of my own to do. See you on the pages! πŸ“–βœ¨