For all those aspiring writers out there I’ve got a little challenge for you this festive period! Sometimes, when we’re not planning on writing and instead choose to relax and unwind, that’s exactly when creativity can strike, especially this time of year because who doesn’t love a Christmas themed story.

So here’s my challenge to you, if you get itchy fingers and feel the need to write, have a go at a short story! It can be anything from flash fiction of 100 words to the more commercial size of 1000-1200 and 3000-4000.

And to help you on your way, I’ve compiled a list of 20 prompts below to help you!

Happy writing!


  1. Chrstmas jumper
  2. Unwanted gift
  3. Unexpected guest
  4. Snow
  5. Stranded
  6. Tradition
  7. Turkey
  8. Christmas dinner
  9. Candles
  10. Christmas cards
  11. Carols
  12. Drunk
  13. Games
  14. Reindeer
  15. Shopping
  16. Relationships
  17. In-laws
  18. Family
  19. Expectations
  20. Gratitude/Giving


Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year!