You may wish to adapt this short activity to fill-in some extra minutes of class during the final weeks before the Christmas break.

Initially, have the students meet in pairs. Distribute a sheet of drawing paper to each pair. Make sure they also have colored markers or colored pencils.

Tell the students to share a “favorite Christmas memory” one at a time. After the first person has shared, allow the second person time to summarize the person’s story with an image, word, or design on the piece drawing paper.

Repeat the same process beginning with the second person sharing his or her favorite Christmas memory.

Periodically, use some class time in the days before Christmas to call on students to hold up the drawings and share either their own Christmas memory or the memory of their partners with the entire class.