ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS
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
MY UNCLE GOT COAL FROM SANTA ONCE. HE DIDN’T DO ALL OF HIS HOMEWORK AND HE WAS BOLD FOR GRANNY AND GRANDDAD
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.