Ten Holiday Journal Prompts To Give You The Warm & Fuzzies.

10 tips for creative journalling for the holidays Goodwin Studios Publishing and Design

Ten Holiday Journal Prompts To Give You The Warm & Fuzzies.

by Yvonne Hanson © 2017 Goodwin Studios

Journalling is a wonderful activity in winter when you’ll  find yourself all cozy by a  fire or in  your favourite chair, under your favourite blanket. Some of the world’s greatest artists and writers are known for keeping journals to help record ideas, keep track of their thoughts and explore their creative sides. To help you get going on a holiday journal of your own, Yvonne Hanson shares some of her favourite inspirational prompts.



Write out a list of your friends and loved ones. Beside each name, write their most obvious traits. ie. Sleeps a lot, is always cold, reads nonstop, etc. Then, write a gift idea that suites that trait.


Write about the best christmas gift you have ever gotten. Who gave it to you? Do you still have it? What made it memorable?


Brainstorm small acts of kindness that can brighten up the holiday season for those around you. ie. Bringing homemade cookies to work, buying hot chocolate for a homeless person, giving a Christmas card to your bus driver. You don’t have to do all of them, but it’s nice to get into the headspace of extending universal kindness.


List the nice things strangers have done for you recently. The smaller the better. Did the barista cover 20 cents so you could get a coffee? Did the bus driver wait while you ran through the rain so you wouldn’t have to catch the next one? Come up with ways that you can pay these kindnesses forward.


Brainstorm homemade gifts that are inexpensive and easy to make that you can give to the people you wouldn’t normally give Christmas presents to. Baked goods, tin can lanterns ( tutorial ), small letters, Christmas cards hand-decorated with glitter glue, etc.



List every single thing you love about Christmas. Every. Single. Thing.



Draft a budget for the holiday season. Sticking with a budget can help relieve stress, even just looking at it can ease your guilt after spending a ton on the people you care about. Include how much you make each week, how much you spend on food, clothing, etc, and how much you have left over to save for the holiday season.


Write about your favourite winter activities. Inside or outside. ie. Skiing,  Sledding, Putting up decorations, Making gifts, Drinking hot chocolate during a storm?


Cut holiday recipes out of magazines and newspapers and paste them in your journal. Add your thoughts on each dish, and a few ideas of who you know who would like it best, how to make it healthier/ tastier/ fit your/their diet.


Delve into the sensory experience of christmas. What does it sound like? Taste like? Smell like? What textures remind you of christmas? What colours and shapes? Get creative in your descriptions, imagine you are describing a scene for a novel. Add drawings and diagrams to punctuate your descriptions.