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Last Updated on November 14, 2023
Let’s get real about Christmas for a sec. It’s not just festivities and jingle bells; it’s also a good time for a sanity check. Especially if you’re kinda drowning in the holiday chaos! That’s where these Christmas journal prompts for adults come in.
If you’ve been extra busy this season, this is your chance to take a breather, truly check-in with your emotions, cherish past Christmas memories, and create some new ones.
I’ll be the first to vouch for how good I feel when I cozy up with hot chocolate and my favorite journal to jot down Christmas memories, feeling that “almost there” sensation as the year closed. Trust me, it is THE vibe!
Let’s dive in and let these Christmas journal ideas be your holiday therapy.
62 Journal Prompts for Christmas
Are you ready to get into the holiday spirit? These Christmas journal prompts for adults will get you thinking about your feelings surrounding the holidays!
Don’t lose these Christmas writing activities! Pin ’em to come back later!
- What does Christmas mean to you?
- Have your experiences at Christmas time been mostly positive or negative?
- How did your family typically do Christmas? Were you happy with it?
- What was your favorite memory or tradition from Christmas as a child?
- How does Christmas look different now that you are an adult?
- Is Christmas as exciting now as it was when you were a kid? Why or why not, and what has changed in your feelings?
- How do you feel about the amount of holiday spending that’s usually done?
- What do you do to prepare for the spending, event planning, and everything else that goes into Christmas?
- What do you look forward to most about Christmas?
- What food do you enjoy most at Christmas dinner?
- Which Christmas dessert or treat do you enjoy the most?
- What was the best Christmas you ever had?
- What was the worst Christmas you ever had?
- If you want to have children someday, how would you want to celebrate Christmas with them?
- What are 5 things you’re grateful for this Christmas?
- Did you believe in Santa as a child? Was it a good or bad experience?
- What would the ideal Christmas look like to you?
- What do you want most for Christmas?
- What is the best Christmas gift you’ve ever been given?
- What is the best Christmas gift you’ve given to someone else?
- How do you feel about white elephant, secret santa, or other gift exchanges? Do they feel obligatory or fun?
- What are your thoughts on consumerism and commercialism around the holidays?
- What are your thoughts about the religious significance of Christmas?
- Who do you miss most around Christmas time?
- What is your favorite Christmas movie?
- Is there anything that makes you feel nostalgic around Christmas?
- Is there anything that makes you feel sad around Christmas?
- Do you ever get seasonal depression symptoms this time of year? If so, what do you do to help cope?
- What makes Christmas stressful for you? What self care activities can you do to manage the stress?
Get more guidance: do a mental health audit with my journal this Christmas!
Struggling with anxious thoughts? Low mood? Or just want a little help managing life’s daily stressors? (Hey, we’ve all been there!) Then this journal is for you.
By the end of this journal, you’ll…
- What do you enjoy most about Winter?
- What do you like the least about Winter?
- Do you get more excited about Thanksgiving or Christmas?
- How have you changed over the course of the year?
- Are you in a better or worse place now compared to the beginning of the year? What has changed?
- What is your favorite Christmas song and why?
- What are your favorite Christmas smells? Are there any good memories or feelings associated with these scents?
- Who do you look forward to spending Christmas with most?
- Is there anyone you’re spending time with this Christmas that you aren’t super happy about? Why?
- How do you feel once the holidays are over?
- How early do you start preparing for Christmas?
- Do you ever get sad looking ahead to the rest of the winter after the festivities of Christmas are over?
Even MORE Prompts for Writing This Christmas
- Do you celebrate Christmas on Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Which do you think is better?
- Do you have any fun traditions you do on Christmas Eve vs. Christmas Day?
- What is your favorite thing around the house to decorate for Christmas?
- How early is “too early” for Christmas music to start playing?
- Do you enjoy a snowy white Christmas, or would you prefer to be somewhere warm?
- Have you ever taken a vacation during Christmas time? Where to, and how was it?
- How did last year’s Christmas go? Do you have any feelings about it?
- Do you start thinking ahead to the New Year around Christmas time?
- Describe the quirkiest Christmas tradition in your family.
- Does Christmas bring up any uncomfortable feelings about your family? Let your emotions flow.
- Reflect on a time when you received a very meaningful, heartfelt gift. How did it make you feel?
- How has technology changed the way you celebrate Christmas?
- Reflect on a funny or embarrassing Christmas memory.
- What’s your go-to self care activity when the holidays get stressful? (Christmas self care ideas here!)
- If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
- Describe how you can incorporate mindfulness into your holiday activities.
- If you created a vision board to depict your ideal festive season, what types of image would you include?
- Has there been a Christmas where your expectations didn’t match reality? Was it for better or worse?
- What are your thoughts on giving and/or receiving experiences rather than physical gifts for Christmas?
- How do you balance the pressure to socialize with having adequate alone time during the holidays?
- What are a few ideas for New Year’s goals you’ll put on your resolutions list?
Christmas Journal Prompts for Adults and Writing Ideas
These Christmas journal prompts are meant to get you thinking about the deeper things surrounding Christmas.
Let’s be real: Christmas is meant to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” but that experience isn’t always true for everyone.
Not everyone has supportive family members, and some of us even dread Christmas, knowing it means we have to interact with a toxic family. There’s nothing worse than the hope of connecting with family, only to be let down by their behavior.
So these Christmas writing prompts for adults will cover it all: the good, the not-so-good, and everything in between.
Christmas Journaling Themes
Want some guidance for what to think about as you go through these Christmas journal prompts for adults? Here are some important themes that give Christmas its meaning:
- Friends and family
- The act of giving
- Quality time
- Holiday joy
- Christmas cheer
- Good food
Keep these ideas in mind and explore them as you go through these Christmas journal prompts.
Wishing you a safe, happy, and mentally healthy Christmas!