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What I Did At Christmas. Write a simple, but completely fictional account of your Christmas break. Where did you go, who did you meet? Who did you buy gifts for? Did you receive any? Write in the first person, but don’t tell the truth. You can write as a fictional character or as someone you create, you can set your Christmas in the past, present or future, but you must include some of the familiar elements of Christmas, and if they are different, say why.

The Day I Saved Christmas. Another story which can be written in the first person, all about your adventures as you saved Christmas. Did you help repair Father Christmas’ sleigh? Did you help Rudolph find his way home, or did you find a way to ‘save’ Christmas for someone in particular? Perhaps you invited them to your home, or helped them to find the spirit of goodwill.

What if it ended another way? Take one of the ‘standard’ Christmas films and change the ending. There are lots to choose from, including

  • Jingle All The Way
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Christmas in Wonderland
  • Die Hard
  • Elf
  • Gremlins
  • Holiday Inn
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • The Polar Express

What else do you need to change to make the new story work?

A Modern Christmas Carol. In Charle’s Dickens Christmas Carol, the spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come visit Scrooge and teach him the error of his ways. Write your own version of the story, updated for the 21st century.

Dear Diary. Many people start a diary in January. Write the first few diary entries of a character of your choice. Choose from

Resolutions.  New year is a time when many people make resolutions, you might have made one yourself. Sadly these resolutions are often short lived, sometimes they don’t even last a month! Write a short story where a character makes a resolution and finds a way to stick to it. What is the result? Have at least one other character who tries to sabotage them.

Resolutions 2. Imagine you are a famous character from history, possibly one who came to a tragic end. What sort of resolution could you have made to change that? For example, suppose in January 1963, President Kennedy had made a resolution to never ever  visit Texas? Suppose Neil Armstrong had made a resolution to spend more time at home and forget about the space program? Suppose Leonardo had made a resolution to give up painting, or Einstein had decided to concentrate on his work as a patent clerk and forget physics? Try to find a character who could, had he made a resolution, have changed history and write the story of how it all hapened.

Suppose Snow was Green? Write about a world where snow is green and say how and why things are different.

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