Today, choose a familiar hero story. It could be a comic-book hero, a biblical hero, a fairytale hero, a historical hero—whatever story you know and like. Choose a well-known Christmas tale. As your writing exercise, you’re going to rewrite the story.
The basic components will stay the same, but you will change one key element. If the story is set in medieval times, you’ll set it in the present time or another recent era, such as the 1950s. If the hero is male, you’ll recreate the hero as female.
If the story has typically been in comic-book style, then you get to write it as a short story or as song lyrics. Or, you might choose to take a biblical story or contemporary story and sketch it as comic-book or graphic novel. You can retell a comic book hero’s story in a Shakespearean way.
Through your re-creation of this familiar story, you will challenge something about the traditional version—you’ll challenge gender roles or social assumptions. Or you’ll turn a comedy into something serious, or vice-versa.
Have fun with this! Give yourself the freedom to shift perceptions and challenge perspectives.
This can be a nice way to refresh your experience of Christmas, especially if the material you work with is a traditional holiday story.