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