Start a story with one of these lines:
- “I’ve heard that Santa is diabetic so what are we going to do with all those cookies?”
- “Sally and Sam had always prepared turkey for Christmas dinner, but after what happened last year, they changed the menu.”
- “Philip asked Santa for a really special gift and now he was worried he might actually get it.”
Write about two characters who can’t escape each other, whether they’re together in lockdown, snowed in, forced to become roommates, or trapped in a haunted house.
How about waxing lyrical with a snowball poem? It’s a constraint in which a poem starts with a one-letter word and each word after it grows in size by one letter (a two-letter word, followed by a three-letter word, etc.). Write your own snowball and see how far you can get – you can always reverse the process halfway through and start shrinking words by one letter if you like. If you center it on a page it should look a bit like a Christmas tree.