Dear Father Christmas, by Jeanne Willis and Rosie Reeve

  • What is the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’?  What are some examples you can think of when people say they ‘need’ something when they should actually say they ‘want’ it?
  • Sometimes it’s fun to imagine if there were no rules and no budget what crazy things you could get for Christmas.  Write a list of five fabulous things you wish you could have
  • What things that are wished for in the story are real and possible and which are imagined?
  • Write a letter to Santa of your Christmas wishes – not for things for yourself but things that you believe would make the world a happier place in the coming year
  • Take a survey in the class as to what they think the best Christmas would be this Christmas

The Best Christmas Present in the World, by Michael Morpurgo

  • What is ‘the best Christmas present in the world’ that gives the book its title?  There may be more than one answer to this question.
  • The story revolves around a letter found in a roll top desk. Who wrote the letter, who was it for and when was it written?
  • Why do you think that the soldiers on both sides stopped the fighting and came out of their trenches to celebrate Christmas together?
  • What things does Jim talk about in his letter that show how similar the men from the two different armies were to each other?
  • Write your own story about finding a letter from long ago and what happens as a result of finding the letter.
  • Why do you think the person telling the story goes off in search of Connie Macpherson?

Olivia Helps with Christmas, by Ian Falconer

  • What similarities can you see between Olivia’s Christmas and your own?
  • Write a diary entry by Olivia about her Christmas and all the things that happened preparing for Santa’s arrival.  Write a diary entry by her parents for the same time.  Are there any differences in how Olivia and her parents may have seen things?
  • What evidence can you see throughout the book that shows that Olivia has a very powerful imagination?
  • Write a list of words that describe how Olivia may be feeling at various times in the book.  Are there times at Christmas or other times of the year when you feel the same way?
  • What are the things that happen during the story that show how Olivia really believes that Santa is real?
  • Olivia believes that she is very busy with all the tasks leading up to Christmas.  Write a list of all the things that need to be done.

How Santa Really Works, by Alan Snow

  • Imagine you are an elf in one of the many sections of Santa’s operations e.g. Letters Department, Research and Development, C.I.A. Describe a typical day.
  • Create a handbook for the C.I.A. (Christmas Intelligence Agency) suggesting places to hide to determine who is being naughty and who is being nice.
  • Imagine you have been tracked by an elf from the C.I.A.  Create a report that the elf may have written about you.
  • Which area of Santa’s operations would you like to work in most of all and why?
  • Santa has been in the Christmas business for many years and things have changed during this time.  What things might you have found in the Storage area 10, 20, 50 years that you would not find now?