You are probably very familiar with the accounts of Jesus’ birth found in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2:40. They are written in the omniscient point of view. That is, the writers tell us everything about everyone.

But what if you read the account from the perspective of one of the Magi? Would the story be filled with curiosity and longing? What if the account were written by the wicked King Herod? How angry would he be that he missed his chance to kill the Christ Child?

High School Writing Prompt -- If the Magi were to write the Christmas account, how different would it be from the account King Herod might write? Choose your storyteller; write your own account.

Even the little drummer boy might make an interesting narrator through whose eyes to tell the Christmas account. Yes, I know there was no actual drummer boy at the event, but his desire in the song to give something of himself to the baby Jesus was strong, so that makes him a good candidate for a character.

Now it is your turn: Read the accounts of Jesus’ birth found in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2:40 to familiarize yourself with the events and to get ideas. Then choose a person from one of the historical accounts and tell part of the Christmas story through their eyes.

For instance, you could write the story as though Mary were telling it. Or you could choose a character or animal to tell the story. What would the story be like if one of the soldiers who had killed the children told it? What would the Christmas story be like if a sheep or a little mouse told it?

For some fun writing prompts based on Christmas songs and carols, click here.

You may be interested in these other Christmas prompts:

Dylan Thomas: His Christmas Memories and Yours
Write Your Own Christmas Carol
That First Christmas: You Are There
Your Turn to Give for Christmas

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