Many years ago, I came up with this activity because keeping your classes focused on the day before winter break is nearly impossible. I like that this lesson is fun and educational. Also, if your school is like mine and you don’t necessarily see all your classes the day before break, it won’t matter. This activity can also be stretched to two days if necessary!
Basically, it's a gift exchange writing activity but instead of using the students as the givers and recipients, you use characters from the works you've read!
My students love this activity year after year!