All I want for Christ­mas... lo­cal schoolkids tell us what’s on their Christ­mas list

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We got a big ‘Nol­laig Shona,’ from the boys and girls of third class at Scoil Chualann re­cently when we went to the school dur­ing our re­search on all things fes­tive.

Armed with a se­ries of ques­tions, we paid a visit to the class­room where the chil­dren agreed to im­part their vast knowl­edge about Christ­mas time.

The first boy we spoke to said at first he doesn’t know what he’s get­ting on the day, how­ever when pressed said he has in­deed writ­ten to Santa and asked for a Playsta­tion 4.

He’s pretty con­fi­dent about get­ting it, he said, but ob­vi­ously doesn’t want to count his chick­ens be­fore they’ve hatched.

A girl at the same ta­ble said that while she likes turkey for Christ­mas din­ner, she never has brus­sel sprouts.

‘I asked Santa for Lego,’ she said, adding that her favourite thing to make is cars.

The chil­dren have been work­ing hard on a class project all about Christ­mas and some of them had writ­ten bril­liant po­ems on to a page and into a snow­man shape.

One of the third class girls loves Mon­ster High stuff and also asked for an XBox.

She said it didn’t take her long at all to de­cide what to put in her let­ter to Santa Claus. ‘I just knew straight away,’ she said.

‘Be­ing with the ones you love,’ is the most im­por­tant thing about Christ­mas, ac­cord­ing to one of the boys.

He said that there are five mem­bers of his fam­ily in the house but he has many more re­la­tions in­clud­ing aunts, un­cles and cousins.

‘Some of them are in Is­rael,’ he told us, and said he might talk to them over Skype.

‘I don’t know if Santa’s go­ing to Is­rael,’ he added.

We reck­oned it prob­a­bly won’t be cold on Christ­mas day in that coun­try and he agreed with us.

One of the girls has asked Santa to bring spy stuff. ‘Glasses where you can spy on peo­ple.’

She couldn’t think of a par­tic­u­lar favourite Christ­mas movie, be­cause there are so many of them, but said she likes that there are so many of them on at the mo­ment.

At one of the ta­bles we asked all of the boys and girls what they think is the most im­por­tant thing about Christ­mas.

While get­ting presents is cer­tainly quite dis­tract­ing and one of the great things about the time of year, th­ese kind-hearted chil­dren have their pri­or­i­ties in a rather dif­fer­ent or­der.

They all said that spend­ing time with your fam­ily and friends was num­ber one, with get­ting toys and presents and Santa’s visit all after that.

Another group told us all about what Santa might bring and if they are on his list of well-be­haved chil­dren.

Some of them weren’t so sure, but after spend­ing some time with third class at Scoil Chualann we are pos­i­tive no­body there is on the naughty list.

‘I asked for a world map,’ said one girl. ‘And I’ve been good, most of the time.’

I’M AL­WAYS NER­VOUS WHEN I GO TO SEE SANTA. I DON’T KNOW WHY – I JUST GET NER­VOUS

Another child asked for a new bike and said she’s fairly con­fi­dent it’s go­ing to come.

‘A new ba­ton,’ said another girl, who is in Grey­stones ba­ton twirling club with her friend. Books were high on the list of one of the girls at this ta­ble. While there’s ab­so­lutely no doubt about the fact that she’s on the good list, she said she tends to get the jit­ters in the pres­ence of the man him­self.

‘I’m al­ways ner­vous when I go to see Santa,’ she said. ‘I don’t know why, I just get ner­vous.’

A mem­ber of Ard­more Rovers foot­ball team was at this ta­ble and of course has asked for a foot­ball for Christ­mas.

Next to him sat a boy who has asked for a Nerf gun and an Xbox with Minecraft. He’s ex­cited about get­ting presents on Christ­mas day and thinks he’s on the good list.

Elf, and in­deed Home Alone and its se­quels, emerged as most peo­ple’s favourite Christ­mas movies.

With so many to choose from, and more films be­ing made all the time, there would ap­pear to be a cou­ple of clas­sics that will re­main popular for a long time no mat­ter what.

We talked about the fact that Home Alone isn’t a new film, and that some movies are great no mat­ter when they were made.

In fact, the ac­tor who plays the boy in the film is now a grownup.

But is he even still alive? Asked one of the chil­dren. In­deed he is, and a very ma­ture 34 years of age!

Elf is very funny, ap­peals to both chil­dren and adults, and is pretty much ev­ery­one’s favourite.

‘I re­ally love Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,’ said one of the boys, while a few peo­ple also men­tioned Deck the Halls.

After all that, one of the girls an­nounced, with a whis­per, that she was off to La­p­land the fol­low­ing day to see Santa.

She was go­ing with her mum, her dad and her brother who is seven and in first class. He also goes to Scoil Chualann. ‘I’m re­ally re­ally ex­cited,’ she said. Ev­ery­one at the ta­ble ad­mit­ted they were just the tee­ni­est jeal­ous. Well, almost ev­ery­one.

‘I’m not,’ said one boy, who said proudly that he had been in Texas the pre­vi­ous week with his mum, dad, brother and sis­ter.

We asked the fi­nal ta­ble about the most im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber at Christ­mas time.

‘ To re­mem­ber Je­sus’ birth­day and to re­mem­ber to wish your fam­ily a happy Christ­mas,’ said one of the girls.

Another boy said that spend­ing time with your fam­ily is of paramount im­por­tance.

A girl next to him said that it’s buy­ing presents for your fam­ily. ‘ That’s why Christ­mas is the best time to win the Lotto!’ she said.

The last word on the Christ­mas spirit went to a boy who told his that he’ll re­mem­ber ‘ to kick my brother un­der the ta­ble, be­cause he gives me an ex­tra big kick!’

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