|Written by Scott Graves, Pilot staff writer|
|December 18, 2010 05:00 am|
It’s Christmastime, which means it’s time for the Curry Coastal Pilot to prepare the annual Holiday Greetings section featuring students’ art work and letters, poems and wish lists to Santa. It will be published with our Friday, Dec. 24, edition. (There is no paper on Dec. 25).
This is the 10th year in a row that I’ve overseen the production of this special section. The news staff has been busy typing and scanning in the many submissions from first, second, third and fourth graders at Kalmiopsis Elementary School. It certainly helps get one in the Christmas Spirit!
While going through the submissions this year, I spotted several trends. I’d like to share them with you.
One was the inconsistency in the spelling of “Claus,” the most popular version being “clause.” Fortunately, nobody spelled it “claws.” That’s a mental image I can do without.
In describing their family’s Christmas traditions, staying home with family or visiting with distant family members was at the top of many students’ list. Baking cookies and eating a big meal, usually turkey, were next on the list.
As for Christmas wishes, many children asked Santa for a Wii video game console. It’s a popular item, judging by how fast they are flying off displays at Fred Meyer.
Among the top gifts requested were basketballs, bikes, skateboards and video games.
The students’ Christmas stories varied from whimsical to serious.
Finishing the statement “What Christmas means to me,” the students wrote:
“It’s about family getting together. It’ s also Jesus’ birthday,” Brice Testa said.
“... it’ s really about spending time with family and going up in the mountains and playing,” said Kaylee Cover.
“I love Christmas because we get to be together. I read a book and we make gingerbread cookies,” said Michael Langley.
In letters to Santa, the students wrote:
“I bet you and your elves are working very, very, very, very, very hard making toys for good boys and girls (like me!) all over the world.” – Katrina Krawez.
“Hi! How old are you? and how long is that beard of yours?” – Evan Fronchowiak.
“I hope you have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I will put cookies out for you.” – Hannah Cairns
Snowman, snowman on the chair
Can’t you hear the polar bear?
Can’t you hear, can’t you hear?
He might come bite off your ear!
Don’t you know he has a pet deer!
That’s not fair, that’s not fair!
So go get your own pet polar bear!
Several students answered the question “I wish ...”
“I wish my mom could have a new car. I wish that people can have a home. I wish that a star would fall from the sky.” – Kendra Burgen.
“I wish everybody that doesn’t have friends, had friends.” – Alexa Martin.
“I wish I had enough wood to build a house. I wish that I could be an artist. I wish that my Papa could feel better.” – Ty Morris.
To wrap things up, Holly Fallert perhaps said it best:
“My goals for the new year are to help my mom with my little sister Page more. And to try harder on my math when my dad corrects it. My last year was a great year, but I want the next one to be even better!”
Don’t we all, Holly.