This is a scaffolding activity to get ESL students writing about Christmas traditions in their home country versus the United States. It includes a chart to help students start using transition words for addition of ideas, comparison, and contrast. I would recommend giving students time in groups to discuss their answers to the six questions . This works particularly well when you have several students from the same country. This activity is culturally-sensitive for my homogeneous group of students who are all from the same area of Mexico. It would need to be tweaked for use with a wider variety of backgrounds. I will update the product within the next few days after my students have had the opportunity to do the writing and we have the opportunity to trouble-shoot for errors in their writing.