By now you should already be well into the spirit of the holidays - if you celebrate Chanukah you've already finished lighting candles, and you're probably still recovering from eating as many latkes as your stomach could handle. Christmas shopping is still going strong, and will only get busier over the next week as people pick out the perfect presents for each loved one. Winter trees show off bright twinkle lights, and while the weather gets colder kids everywhere are already wishing for the gift of white, fluffy snow.

For those of all faiths and cultures, this is a time of rebirth and reflection. Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year, and many will embrace the quiet of winter by turning inwards. This is the perfect season to begin carving out time for meditation and self-exploration, and greeting the darkness through nurturing the light within yourself.  

Journaling is a great way to explore your inner thoughts and express your emotions in a safe space. In honor of this merriest of seasons, we've compiled some holiday-themed journaling prompts to help get you started:

20 Holiday Journaling Prompts
  1. What was the best gift you ever gave to someone? What made it so special?
  2. How will you bring joy to someone during this holiday season?
  3. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
  4. Write about the ways you will implement self-care this winter.
  5. What is on your shopping list this year?
  6. When is it appropriate to start listening to holiday music?
  7. Think about a holiday tradition you don’t understand. Write about where it started.
  8. Have you ever gone caroling? If you haven’t, would you like to go?
  9. What is your favorite holiday decoration? Why is this your favorite?
  10. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? What did you love about it?
  11. Write about your favorite holiday cookie.
  12. If you created a new holiday tradition this year, what would it be?
  13. What is essential to your holiday?
  14. Do you have a pair of holiday pajamas? If you do, do you match anyone?
  15. What does it mean to have holiday spirit?
  16. What is your favorite holiday movie to watch?
  17. How can you give back to your community this holiday season?
  18. Is it better to give or to receive? Why?
  19. What is on your wish-list this year?
  20. What does Winter Solstice mean to you?

Our Intern Lexy tackled one of the prompts this month, writing in the Blush Diagonal Shibori journal. She chose to talk about the best gift she's ever received, and what she loved about it.

"The best gift I've ever received was a surprise trip to Walt Disney World for Christmas in 2005," she writes. Being a kid, obviously she loved Disney itself - the magical holiday atmosphere was amazing, and she was able to experience a variety of holiday traditions from around the world at Epcot. But one of the other great things about this gift was the fact that it was an experience she was able to enjoy with her family. "Trips are so much fun, especially when you're a kid, but sharing a vacation with my cousins was such a fun experience."

What are you favorite holiday traditions? And which journal prompts will you be writing about? We'd love to hear from you!

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