12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays [Free Templates]

The Holidays are coming and it’s time to create easy Christmas Images for your social media marketing on Facebook and Instagram.   

In this post I share 12 Days of Christmas Images – 12 easy Christmas images you can create that are specially designed for engaging your audience.  

12 Easy Christmas Images for More Engagement in the Holidays (includes free Image Templates)
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3RD DECEMBER, 2017 | IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PROMO REPUBLIC

As Christmas approaches, it’s important to have your social media marketing prepped and ready to go. This includes your visual content.  But what do you post?

To give you a helping hand, I’ve partnered with the fun team at Promo Republic to create some engaging post templates – 12 of them, in fact!  I then took those templates, modified them to suit my brand and style and posted them below for you!

There’s 12 categories of engaging image “types” in this post, with extra ideas for each post-type. You can apply these categories to any theme or season after the holidays are over, so you’ll keep creating engaging images.

How to Access the Templates

From Nostalgia images to “This or That” to Emoji’s and GIFs – there are 12 different types of images to create and dozens of alternative options.

Click on any of my images or links below each image, and you’ll be taken to this landing page.  Click any of the “register” buttons and you’ll be taken straight to the new templates if you use the tool already.  If you are not a Paid or Trial user of Promo Republic you will have to sign up to access the templates. It’s free to trial. 

Promo Republic Templates for the holidays - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays [Free Templates]

You can either:

  1. Use the original template as it is.
  2. Change it up – this is what I have done with many of the images below.  Just click on the background image and change it to one of Promo Republic’s stock images and then change the text and/or font to create a completely custom set of Christmas Images. Add your own stye (or logo).
  3. Use one of the additional ideas I’ve listed for each template below. Again, you can easily switch out the text and image to create a completely custom design.

Have fun with the templates. Let’s jump in and take a look!

12 Engaging Christmas Images You Can Create and Share Now (with Templates)

I’m all about helping you to create and use visual content successfully in your marketing. So it makes sense that these images are designed to encourage engagement, questions or interaction with your audience.  I’ve included the following for each type of shareable Christmas image:

  1. An example image that I created using Promo Republic’s Christmas Templates.
  2. A link to click through and start creating your own Christmas images!
  3. More suggestions for different types of images (using the same theme) that you can create using the templates.

Have fun with it!

#1.  Holiday Traditions Post

Holiday traditions are a great conversation-starter.  We love the holidays and we love talking about things we love… so it makes sense to ask your audience about their fun, family or even quirky Christmas traditions.

Here’s my Holiday Traditions Post:

What's Your Family Tradition? 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (with Free Templates)

Other ideas for Holiday Tradition Posts:

  1. What’s one unusual family tradition you have in the holidays?
  2. What’s one thing you eat/make every year without fail for Christmas Lunch?
  3. What’s a non-negotiable for your family at Christmas Time?
  4. Who cooks Christmas Lunch in your family and what’s their specialty?
  5. What’s your post-Lunch tradition on Christmas Day (for lots of Aussie’s, it’s heading to the beach or the pool in the hot weather, or having a sleep!). 

Ask a question about family, about tradition, about values…. and you’ll get great engagement from your followers!

Want to create your own Holiday Tradition Post using the templates?  Click here to get started

#2.  Yes or No Post

People love to state their opinion so a Yes/No choice of reply is an easy way to encourage engagement on your Facebook Page. The other benefit of simple Yes/No Christmas Images is that they only usually require a short answer of one word or a phrase, so people are more likely to respond. It’s quick!

With this post, I went with a little controversy.  Some parents, like me, think Elf on a Shelf is loads of fun and they revel in the creativity.  For others it’s not so much fun, with the challenge of thinking of something every day, let alone remembering!

Here’s my take on a Yes or No Post. Or in this case, a “Heck Yes”, or a “Hell No” Post

This or That? - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (includes free Templates)

Other ideas for a Yes or No Post?

  1. Christmas Lights – are you in or out when it comes to decorating your house?
  2. Candy Canes – love them or hate them?
  3. Christmas Carols – Yesssssssss (hand me the microphone) or Nooooooooo (I’m hiding in the cupboard). 

And of course, if you can touch on a topic that fires people up with passion, like Mr Elf here, then it makes the conversation a little more interesting!

Want to create your own Yes or No Post using the templates?  Click here to get started

#3  Emoji Post

Ahhh emojis. If there is one thing that pretty much guarantees engagement on Instagram and Facebook, it’s asking for a response using Emojis.

I’m not sure why we can’t resist it, but for some reason we find it hard to resist being asked to speak “Emoji” when called upon to do so:

So here’s my take on an Emoji Post for Christmas engagement:

Emoji Post - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (includes Templates)

Other ideas for Emoji Posts:

  1. Describe Your Christmas Lunch using only Emojis.
  2. What would you love for Christmas this year? Use Emojis to answer.
  3. How will you be spending the holidays? Tell me by using Emojis.

I am sure you can come up with something more creative than these. Remember that if you ask the question and encourage people to participate, then you join in too – start the ball rolling in the comments section by adding an Emoji reply to your own question!

Just note for those that are new to Emoji’s, the Poop Emoji  is not, in fact, a brown Christmas tree or a Hershey’s Kiss.  

Want to create your own Emoji Post using the templates?  Click here to get started

#4.  Nostalgia Post

If there’s one thing we love to talk about it’s the past. Back in the Day. Throwback Thursday. Childhood Memories. Any of these topics tend to spark engagement.

So here’s my take on a Nostalgia Post.  Tap into our childhood memories of Christmas:

Best Christmas Holiday Memories - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (includes Free Templates)

Other ideas for Nostalgia Posts: 

  1. What’s your best Christmas present ever?
  2. What was your favourite part of Christmas as a kid? Favourite decorations?
  3. You’re in the kitchen on Christmas Day as a kid. What can you smell? Who’s cooking?  What’s cooking?

Food. Family. Holidays – all of these things spark nostalgia in us.  Ask your audience about these things and you’ll likely get responses!

Want to create your own Emoji Post using the templates?  Click here to get started

#5.  GIF Post

GIFs are everywhere.  On social media posts, in messaging, on emails, and in blog posts. Their animated fun is something that can also be great for having conversations.  Sometimes you can say with a GIF what you just can’t say in words. So don’t forget to occasionally use them in your social media posts.

And like Emoji’s, GIFs are hard to resist using when someone encourages you to reply with them!

Here’s an idea for a GIF Post with Christmas Images.  Don’t forget to add your GIF in the comments section of your post too, to start the ball rolling:

Christmas GIF Image - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays

Other ideas for a Christmas GIF Image

  1. Which TV family would you most like to spend Christmas Lunch with? Answer with a GIF.
  2. Share a GIF that expresses your opinion of shopping at this time of year!
  3. What’s your favourite Christmas Movie? Share with a GIF.
  4. Share Your Favourite Christmas GIF!

Create your own Christmas GIF Post using the templates!  Click here to get started

#6  This or That Post

A little like Yes or No, This or That is a choice of two things vs a Yes/No reply. There are thousands of binary choices you can choose from, many of which can be switched to a Christmas theme.

Think of something that has two polar opposites and you have a great place to start.  Like shopping for instance… some people like to shop “in” and some people like to shop “out”.  So…

Here’s my take on a This or That Post. I asked the Christmas Shoppers:

This or That Christmas Image - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (Includes Templates)

Other ideas for a Christmas This or That Post: 

  1. Egg Nog or Mulled Wine?  Insert a drink for cooler climates for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere.
  2. White Christmas or Beach Christmas? If your audience is scattered around the world, this is a great question to ask! 
  3. Fruit Mince Pies or Plum Pudding?  Food choices will often encourage people to engage and join in!  

Create your own Christmas GIF Post using the templates.   Click here to get started! 

#7  Best Ever Post

We all want to add our two cents about what we think is the “best thing” in any category. Christmas Images are perfect for this.

One of the all time much-debated topics around Christmas – is the best Christmas Movie.  Everyone has an opinion.  And everyone has a favourite:

Here’s my Best Ever Post. Yes, I’m a movie Buff and love to watch Christmas Movies in December: 

The Best Ever Christmas Movie - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (includes Templates)

Other ideas for a Christmas “Best Ever” Post

  1. Best Christmas Cocktail … Go!
  2. Best Christmas Carol (or Best Christmas Song).
  3. Best Ever Christmas Present (this one combines a Best Ever Image with a Nostalgia Image… Boom!).  

Create your own Christmas GIF Post!  Click here to get started. 

#8  About You Post

Like all of these images, the conversation works best for engagement when it revolves around your audience and your followers.

Asking a straight up question about them is a smart move. Again, we just want to feel that we are noticed.. so many people will love being asked about themselves. Try it!

Here’s my Conversation-Starting “About You” Post. And who doesn’t want to talk about Holidays (don’t forget to share your own holiday experiences too!). 

Christmas Images - About You - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (incudes Templates)

Other ideas for your Christmas “About You” Post

  1. Ask about favourite meals/drinks on Christmas Day.
  2. Share one thing about Christmas that is unique to your part of the world (that people from other countries may not know about).
  3. How do you spend your Christmas afternoon (napping, movies, ???). 

Create your own Christmas About You Post to connect with your audience using the templates.  Click here to get started. 

#9  Christmas Foodie Post

Everyone loves Food and Drink at Christmas. Tap into that for engagement on your social media with Christmas Images that start a conversation with your foodie followers!

Mmmm cocktails.  Here’s my Conversation-Starting “Christmas Foodie” Post. And who doesn’t want to talk about cocktails or food. 

Christmas Foodie Post - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (includes Free Templates)

Other ideas for a Christmas “Foodie” Post

  1. Name Your Favourite Christmas Dessert… Go!  … or your favourite treat that you only have in the Holidays. 
  2. You can only eat 3 Things at Christmas. What are they?
  3. Name something unusual (and tasty) that your family eats at Christmas!

Create your own Christmas Foodie Post to connect with your audience.  Click here to find a template and get started. 

#10. Giving Back Post

Christmas and the Holidays are a great time to give back and help your fellow human being, especially when so many people are doing it tough in the colder climates.

Sharing some favourite charities or asking people about how they are giving back or paying it forward is a powerful way to keep charity top of mind.

Here’s an example of a post that encourages your community to Give Back and also to join in the conversation about charitable giving. 

Charities Post for Christmas - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays

Other ideas for a Christmas “Giving Back” Post

  1. Tell us how you are giving back this year? Encourage the sharing of simple ideas for helping others. 
  2. Post behind the scenes of any charitable work your team is doing and encourage your followers to share their photos too.
  3. Share your favourite charity’s website.

Create your own Christmas Charity Post to connect with your audience.  Click here to find a template and create an image in minutes.  

#11  Photo Post

Everyone loves to share a good photo – it’s what social media is built on.  Asking your audience to share a photo around a particular topic can be loads of fun.  Especially when you throw a photo competition into the mix.

You can either ask them to share a photo in the comments under a Facebook Post or perhaps share a photo in an Instagram story with a hashtag – so you can find them.

Here’s my Photo post about Ugly Christmas Sweaters with a twist to include the Southern Hemisphere and our T-shirt wearing ways: 

Photo Post Ugly Christmas Sweater - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (includes Templates)

Other ideas for a Christmas “Photo” Posts: 

  1. Post a photo of your snowman!
  2. Share a foodie post of your food/Christmas cocktails/treats.
  3. Post a photo to show how different Christmas is in your part of the world (ie snow, beach).

Create your own Christmas Photo Post (or Photo Contest) to connect with your audience.  Click here to find a template and create an image in minutes. 

#12  Quote Post

Quotes Quotes Quotes. You can’t go past a great quote at Christmas time, so of course we’ve included a quote template for you.

I created this post with my all-time favourite quote about Christmas:  

Quotes for Christmas - 12 Easy Christmas Images For More Engagement In The Holidays (includes Templates)

Other ideas for a Quotes Photo: 

  1. Share a quote and ask your followers to share their own favourite quote underneath your post.
  2. Share a section of a Christmas Carol and ask your audience to share their favourite.
  3. Share quotes from your favourite Christmas movies and ask your followers to guess what movie you are quoting from.

Create your own Christmas Quote Images.  Click here to find a template and create an image in minutes. 

Final Hot Tips

  1. Click through on any of the images or links to find the original templates and start creating your own!  Use my ideas and final designs as inspiration.  Swap out your text, font and image to create a new design.
  2. Don’t just create one image – create a whole series of images like I did!  It’s quicker, more fun and you’ll be set for Christmas Images for the next couple of weeks if you batch them!
  3. If you ask your audience a question, don’t be afraid to answer it yourself. YOU set the tone by starting the conversation. Even if it seems a bit odd to answer your own question, you are setting the example and showing you want to engage. It’s like being the first person to dance… once somebody dances, everyone does. A bit like this guy:

How to Use the Templates:

  1. Use the original template as it is.
  2. Change it up – this is what I have done with many of the images above.  Just click on the background image and change it to one of Promo Republic’s stock images and then change the text and/or font to create a completely custom set of Christmas Images. Add your own stye (or logo).
  3. Use one of the additional ideas I’ve listed for each image type or template. Again, you can easily switch out the text and image to create a completely custom design.

Oh and feel free to steal my ideas. That’s the whole point of the templates and this post.

All you need is to open a free account with Promo Republic and you can access the templates when you trial the tool (did I say it was free?). Again, if you are already a user of the tool, you’ll be taken straight to the images via the “register” button on this page

Over to You

That’s a wrap.  Now you have the ideas AND the tools, you can spread a little Christmas Spirit on your Facebook Page and social media.   

What Christmas Images will you create using these suggestions and templates?

DISCLAIMER;  This post is part of a paid content partnership with Promo Republic for which have received financial compensation.  I only partner with brands and tools that create kick-butt helpful content, resources and offers for my community.  

12 Easy Christmas Images (Get More Engagement in the Holidays (+ Free Templates)
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Donna Moritz

Visual Social Media Strategist at Socially Sorted
Donna is the founder of Socially Sorted, winner of Best Business Blog in Australia 2014 and a Top 10 Social Media Blog for Social Media Examiner, 2015-2017. She helps brands leverage the power of visual storytelling and content strategy in their business. Her content has been featured in publications such as Forbes and Entrepreneur Online and she is a contributor to Social Media Examiner. Donna speaks about digital and visual content for the marketing and tourism industries internationally.
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