As per the usual, I’m giving you all a Christmas prompt a bit early so you can get it written, edited, and out there in time for Christmas for your readers.
This year’s prompt is a simple Christmas.
What makes a simple Christmas? What’s the point of one?
Simple Christmases, as I see it, are ones that aren’t full of the extravagant things that you see in most Hallmark movies. There aren’t several hundred dollar trees, a few more hundred in decorations, and maybe thousands in gifts. In a simple Christmas, all you might see is a small gift that cost next to nothing or was made by hand.
A lot of people celebrate simpler Christmases nowadays because they don’t like the idea of all the shopping and making things materialistic. But that’s not everyone’s reason. A lot more people keep things simple because they don’t have the money to go all out.
Maybe you know someone (or maybe you are someone) who didn’t have the money to get what they wanted all year for Christmas–instead they got a carrot, or an orange, or maybe a piece of canned fruit that was their favorite, but is a wee bit expired.
What does your character think about this gift? Do they see other people with greater or costlier gifts? What do they think about that?
You might also want to address why they aren’t getting anything extravagant for Christmas. Is there a war? Are their parents out of work? Is there a depression going on? A plague? What led up to them being in this boat?
As always, this prompt is free to use however you want.