Bray People - - OPINION -

Some su­per boys and girls waited pa­tiently for a visit from the Bray Peo­ple in their class­room re­cently.

It was just a few days be­fore their play and, with ex­cite­ment build­ing, the ju­nior in­fant pupils very kindly agreed to tell us all about a few things to do with Christ­mas time.

Of course, ev­ery­one in the class was an au­thor­ity on all things to do with Santa, and a few of them even met him in re­cent weeks.

‘He lives in the North Pole,’ said one lit­tle girl, who was one of the lucky ones to have met the big man.

‘He has a big beard and I asked him if he had rein­deers,’ she said.

‘He said they have red noses and he said “ho ho ho.”’

She has very mod­est tastes and told us that she sim­ply asked Santa for a teddy, which he said he would be very happy to bring her as she is almost cer­tainly on the good list.

A boy in the class said that Santa’s rein­deer fly all over the world to help him bring presents to ev­ery girl and boy on earth.

We won­dered how on earth he gets in to your house.

‘He goes down the chim­ney,’ said the boy. ‘But what if he doesn’t have a chim­ney?’

‘Well… he just will not re­ally give the



This sparked quite the de­bate at St Brigid’s. We reck­oned he might come in through the key­hole if there isn’t a chim­ney, but the boys and girls had quite a few ideas.

One lit­tle voice called out that Santa steals the key to your house, but we all agreed that he’s prob­a­bly not all that bold.

Another child thought that he might have ev­ery key in the world and can open ev­ery door.

Another said that he ‘mag­ics’ a chim­ney if he needs one.

In the end, we agreed that one way or another he is def­i­nitely magic and will be able to get in to de­liver presents.

We asked the boys and girls what they think is the most im­por­tant thing about Christ­mas. ‘It’s baby Je­sus’ birth­day,’ an­swered a girl. ‘He’s Mary and Joseph’s son and that’s why we have Christ­mas.’

She added that she says prayers to baby Je­sus and learns all about him in school.

Her class­mate added that another im­por­tant thing about Christ­mas is that Santa brings presents.

‘He’s bring­ing me a 3DS with Mario,’ she said.

This child had been lucky enough to meet Santa in per­son and went all the way

to Dublin with her mum to do so.

On the visit, she got the ex­cel­lent news from Santa that she is on the good list.

‘Santa sees if boys and girls are good,’ said another young lady, who said that she is on her best be­hav­iour and will go to bed early on Christ­mas Eve as he will be watch­ing.

One lit­tle boy has a brother who is 17 with whom he will spend the day. ‘And my grand­dad’s com­ing down and he’s 83,’ he told us. We asked a girl how many peo­ple were in her fam­ily. She didn’t know straight away but fig­ured out that with her, one brother, one sis­ter and her mum and dad, that’s five. ‘My un­cle got coal from Santa once,’ she an­nounced, once we’d fin­ished with the maths.

‘He didn’t do all of his home­work and he was bold for granny and grand­dad.’

She agreed that he’s still very up­set about the coal in­ci­dent after all th­ese years and it’s prob­a­bly a good idea to do what you’re told and do all your home­work.

The play was just around the cor­ner and the chil­dren were tak­ing the mat­ter very se­ri­ously.

‘We sing some songs and we say our lines,’ ex­plained one of the boys.

Part of his job in the pro­duc­tion was to wel­come the au­di­ence to the Christ­mas play.

One of the girls said her line beau­ti­fully, and it was: ‘ they made a big choir.’

The chil­dren all an­swered with a re­sound­ing ‘yes!’ when asked if they were look­ing for­ward to wear­ing the cos­tumes, which would be made at school.

‘We don’t know what it’s called,’ said some­one in the class, how­ever another child knew, and said that the play was called ‘ The Present for the Baby.’

Christ­mas movies are on tele­vi­sion and at home at this time of year. One of the girls said that The Grinch is her favourite. ‘ The Grinch was steal­ing Christ­mas but it didn’t hap­pen in the end.’ ‘He turns nice in the end,’ added her friend. Ev­ery­one thought it was nice for a film to have a happy end­ing. We won­dered if ev­ery­one had put up their Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions, and nearly ev­ery­one said they haven’t.

‘I haven’t,’ said one lone boy, who ex­plained it was too early. ‘But I do have my lights up. But they’re just in a box and I buyed them.’

With that the flood­gates opened, and another girl ad­mit­ted that it was too early for dec­o­ra­tions in her house.

While he had no opin­ion one way or another on dec­o­ra­tions, one of the chil­dren wanted to men­tion that his favourite sea­sonal film is Charlie and the Choco­late Fac­tory, of­ten on TV on Christ­mas day.

‘I watch Charlie and the Choco­late Fac­tory be­cause there’s choco­late in it and I love choco­late,’ he said. ‘But some­one in Charlie and the choco­late fac­tory stuffed their mouth with choco­late.’

‘A Christ­mas with Santa Bud­dies,’ is a show which another girl said is her favourite.

‘All of the dogs in the whole wide world go to Santa,’ she ex­plained.

Another child said that Scrooge is her per­sonal favourite, ‘ be­cause he turns nice in the end.’

The chil­dren be­haved ex­tremely well dur­ing our visit and the Bray Peo­ple has let Santa know that ev­ery­one at St Brigids should cer­tainly be on his good list.

They sent us off with a big ‘Merry Christ­mas and a wave’ after so kindly an­swer­ing all of our ques­tions.

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