Writing Activities

Thinking Questions for Christmas

Students reflect on the history and meaning of Christmas.

  • Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Print out these thinking questions and write down the answers as you travel through the Christmas holiday scrapbook, part of the Celebrate Winter Holidays student activity.


1. Think of a Christmas symbol you learned about in this activity. In your own words, explain the meaning behind this symbol.

2. If no one knows exactly when Jesus was born, why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25?

3. What is the purpose of the advent wreath? How is it like the menorah lit for Hanukkah and the kinara lit for Kwanzaa?

4. Who was the original Santa Claus? Why was he so well known?

5. If you were to explain Christmas to a friend who had never heard of it before, what story would you tell?


Find thinking questions for Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.


  • Subjects:
    Ceremony and Tradition, Content Area Reading, Research Skills, Writing Prompts, Christianity, Christmas, Winter Themes
  • Skills:
    Main Idea and Details, Online Sources, Social Studies, Research Skills, Expository Writing