Creative Writing Project: Letters to Santa from the Naughty List | Let's Explore

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My girls adore reading and writing fractured fairytales. Here’s a simple Christmas-time creative writing project that we had a lot of fun working on – writing letters to Santa from a character that might be on Santa’s naughty list. These letters are great practice for creating a character’s personality and voice, and for writing persuasively, too!

To get the creative juices flowing, we brainstormed fairytale, book, and movie characters that might be on Santa’s naughty list. Here are some of the characters we thought of:

  • Big Bad Wolf
  • Cinderella’s stepmother
  • Ursula
  • Witch from Hansel & Gretel
  • Evil Queen from Snow White
  • Maleficent
  • Captain Hook
  • The fox from The Gingerbread Man

After settling on our characters, we had to think of a way in which each character had been misunderstood or misrepresented. Maybe the Big Bad Wolf had very bad allergies and his huge sneezes blew those houses down. It’s fun to twist a traditional story around and see it from a new perspective!

Of course, these characters really are naughty, so we tried to reflect that in their wish lists added at the end of each letter. Natalie wrote about the witch from Hansel and Gretel, and the witch asks Santa for a “Kid Turkey Broiler 3000″. Cinderella’s stepmother, in Delaney’s letter, reminds Santa that some glass slippers, a fairy godmother, a fancy dress, and a handsome prince would be most welcome.

Here are both of my girls letters in full, in case you and your kids need some inspiration.

Letter to Santa from Cinderella's stepmother

Letter to Santa from the witch in Hansel & Gretel

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by John Scieszka and Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor are great follow-up reads for this activity.

Let us know if you give this writing project a try!


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