A Seasonal Writing Exercise

A Seasonal Writing ExerciseI know that not everyone celebrates during the holiday season, and of those that do, there are many different holidays to be celebrated. That being said, Christmas is my favourite time of year. It’s not because of any moral or religious reasons; I just enjoy it for my own reasons.

I work with people from a variety of cultures, countries, and upbringings, so for some of them Christmas is a strange and wonderful holiday that they’ve never experienced before. For others, it’s something that they grew up with but never took part in. For me, it’s more of a cultural celebration than anything else. It’s a part of where I am from, and it’s a part of who I am.

The holidays shouldn’t be about where you are from or what you believe. They should just be a time of happiness and cheer for whoever wants to participate. That being said, I’ll ask that no one turn this post into an argument or a judgement zone.

I’d like to share my favourite things about the season with all of you, and I’ll do my best to write them well so that you may experience them as I do. In turn, I’d love for you to share the things that make you happiest this season (or during whatever holiday of your choice). If you’re interested, we could use this as an opportunity to share new things, exercise our descriptive writing skills, and learn about those that write alongside us, as we are all vastly different.

I’ll begin!

Snow, Night1) There’s something magical about the slow, graceful way that the snow sifts down through the streetlights at night, like powdered sugar being sprinkled lightly over the world.


2) The contagious excitement of children that gives you a swelling feeling in your chest, somewhere between pride and anticipation. The remembrance of pure innocence and the way that it felt.

Christmas Tree3) The strong smell of pine, that makes you wish you spent more time outdoors. The way that it spreads out its long fingers and weaves its way throughout your home—spicy, and sweet, and cold.


4) The smiles that people hand out freely for once, as you walk the streets or shovel your driveway. The feeling that you aren’t all strangers as you once thought, but rather friends who are all in on an open secret. The virility of cheer, the unexpected joy at a small kindness, and the ready smiles that you give back in return.

Christmas Present5) The small, quiet, realization of self-maturity when you are more excited to give a gift then to receive one.


6) How the cheer of the season is almost tangible as it spills out from your home and envelopes the world around you. Thick like toffee and light as air.

Snowfall7) When a heavy snowfall makes the world around you silent and blurred, giving you the feeling that you are in a small, private snow globe— safe and peaceful and full of beauty. It’s so simple, yet so profound.


These things, and many more, and what make Christmas so meaningful to me. It’s a time when I remember childhood holidays fondly, and while it does make me miss my family sorely, I’m thankful to have had such wonderful Christmases to remember. As we move from children to adults, we often have to start making our own traditions, and it’s a bittersweet experience, but one that helps us to define ourselves.

Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, or if you even do at all, I wish you the happiest of Decembers, and an excellent New Year.

Now, if you will, tell me what makes your preferred holiday so wonderful!


21 thoughts on “A Seasonal Writing Exercise

  1. I agree, Christmas is a special time of year for each of us in his or her own way. There is the nostalgia, of course; thoughts of loved ones near or far, some no longer with us but remembered fondly, al the same. Some of the things that — whether I want them to or not — occasionally (not often, mind you, but occasionally) cause a lump in my throat and a moistening of my eyes are simple, sensual experiences: warm that surrounds you in a welcoming embrace when come in from the cold, the smell of fresh baked cookies and homemade hot cocoa (with just a hint of peppermint). One you mentioned: the way a heavy snow will muffle sounds and make you think the voices of the carolers may be coming from somewhere on high, rather than the speaker on the corner. There are other sensual delights: lights and smells and sounds and emotions that all seem to well up at this time of year. I try to hold on to them every year — at least until the Yule candle dies out — but it gets harder with each passing year. Have a wonderful holiday season. Be safe. Be well.

    • Ah, well said! I love all of those things as well. One of the things I love most but forgot to mention is the smell of a loved one’s jacket fresh from being outdoors when you wrap your arms around them.

      It’s a time of year that really touches all of your senses in a unique way, and I think you summed it up quite perfectly.

      Wishing you and yours a safe, merry, and warm holiday, filled with all of the things you love best.

      My sincere thanks for the time you took to write that comment, and all of the warm and happy feelings that it brought with it.

  2. I love the Christmas season, but my favorite holiday is Halloween.

    The air becomes crisp and delicious as the smells of harvest, even if only imaginary, invade the senses and the world prepares for winter but has not quite given up any vestige of warmth. It’s just the right season for snuggling into warm blankets and wearing light jackets and sipping hot cocoa without despising the cold of the world outside or slipping on snow. You don’t have to feel like Randy from a Christmas Story to stay warm outside. And pumpkins. Oh my goodness pumpkins. Carving them, baking them, smelling them. I love pumpkins so dearly and they only roll out in the fall. Sure, they stay for winter, but they’ve already BEEN there, the excitement of their return is over and now the angst of their impending leave arrives in winter.

    With all of these fall elements comes the mix of dressing up. A costume is one of my favorite things, the admittance of dress normally considered ridiculous as norm is the best of things. And if you’re a scaredy-cat like me, you can manage the spook to be just eerie enough to really get in the spirit of things but not so spooky that you find yourself huddled in the fetal position under a blanket hoping that all the killers you know are in your house will please just leave you alone – but if you LOVE the scare, well, there’s the haunted houses and freaky corn mazes and scary movies! Also candy. Gotta love massive quantities of candy, especially the day after when it’s all discount.

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