Sec­ond-grade stu­dents share tra­di­tions.

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Each year, The Boy­er­town Area Times asks stu­dents about their fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tions. These stu­dents are in Kim­berly Mitchell’s sec­ond grade class at Cole­brook­dale El­e­men­tary. Here’s what they said: “My Fa­vorite Hol­i­day Tra­di­tion” by Ha­ley Ruther­ford: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is mak­ing cook­ies with my mom. We make the cook­ies for my fam­ily and Santa. My mom rolls the bat­ter with a rolling pin. I use the cookie cut­ters to make heart and star shapes. My mom puts the cook­ies into the oven to bake. Af­ter the cook­ies cool down, we dec­o­rate the cook­ies with ic­ing, sprin­kles, cherries, and whipped cream. My mom and I have fun in the kitchen. We lis­ten to Christ­mas mu­sic while we bake. My fa­vorite Christ­mas songs are “Jin­gle Bells” and “Ru­dolph the Red Nosed Rein­deer”. We sing along and dance around in the kitchen while the cook­ies are bak­ing! When we are done bak­ing we call the fam­ily up and dec­o­rate the house and start the Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion. Don’t for­get the glass of milk and cook­ies for Santa on Christ­mas Eve! “Our Tree” by Gavin Fox: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is putting up the tree. Mom, Matt, Dakota, Si­enna, and I go out to cut down a tree. We all get one chop at the tree with an axe. Then a man cuts it down with his chain­saw. Then, we take it home and put it in the tree stand. Next, we sweep the tree off to get off the loose nee­dles. If the tree is snowy, we brush that off too. It gets green again. I clean the star. Last, we put on lights. We put on the star and the or­na­ments. We were all happy about putting up our Christ­mas tree. “Adriana’s Christ­mas Tra­di­tion!” by Adriana Gaul: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is mak­ing choco­late chip cook­ies. My mom, my sis­ter, Au­tumn, and I make choco­late chip cook­ies. My mom gets the stuff ready for us. I get to put the eggs in the bowl. My mom says I am a good egg cracker. Au­tumn gets to put the choco­late chips in the bowl. My sis­ter and I take turns mix­ing the bat­ter. Then we get to put the foil on the cookie sheets. Af­ter that we start to roll the dough into balls. We put them in the oven to cook. We watch TV as the cook­ies are bak­ing. When they are done my mom takes them out of the oven and we wait un­til they cool down. Fi­nally, we get to eat them! We have to save some cook­ies for Santa on Christ­mas Eve. Some­times on Christ­mas Eve night I sneak out of my bed and grab a cookie. I can’t wait for Christ­mas! “Vis­it­ing Fam­ily” by Joseph Calo Tan­nous: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is spend­ing time with my fam­ily! When I say fam­ily I mean we have to get in the car and drive a long time. It is a five hour trip! So my brother and I have to keep busy and not bother my par­ents. So we play games on our phones for a while. When we get tired of that we watch movies or sleep. We can’t wait un­til we get there. When we fi­nally ar­rive we can’t wait! We burst out of the car, like a bull charg­ing to­wards a mata­dor with his red cape. We are hug­ging each other and yelling “we missed you guys”! We play for a while in­side the house. Then it is time for bed. We can’t sleep, we are so ex­cited to be with our 5 cousins. We sneak down­stairs and eat snacks. We also play with the dogs, Wasabi and Gin­ger. They are so much fun. They jump up on the couch and crawl all over us, and lick us like crazy, es­pe­cially Wasabi. We get to stay with them for a week. It is a lot of fun! I take ad­van­tage of play­ing with the dogs be­cause I do not have dogs at home. I play fun games with my fam­ily. I like to play Bro­force with my cousin Nidere. We also go to fun places like a Chi­nese buf­fet. It is awe­some, the food is re­ally tasty. They have crabs and sushi, you might not like it, but I do. So as I was say­ing my fam­ily visit was amaz­ing !!!! I love my fam­ily! “My Hol­i­day Fa­vorites” by James Christ­man: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is bak­ing choco­late chip cook­ies for Santa on Christ­mas Eve. Dad makes them re­ally big and they are good, and Santa likes them too. I put milk out also. We dec­o­rate out­side of the house with red and blue lights. I also have lit­tle lights in my bed­room. I think they are nice and re­ally cool! I hope you have a nice hol­i­day! “Cookie Tra­di­tion” by Zachary Keane: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is mak­ing cook­ies my mom, Ja­cob and Ma­son. We make our cook­ies from scratch, but it is a lot of fun. We make sugar cook­ies with Her­shey Kisses, choco­late chips, peanut but­ter chip, and just plain sugar cook­ies that we can dec­o­rate. My mom and I mix up the bat­ter. I get to put the in­gre­di­ents in the bowl. When they are fin­ished bak­ing in the oven my broth­ers join us to help put the kisses on top. They also help dec­o­rate the sugar cook­ies. Then we need to wait for the ic­ing to dry. The best part is get­ting to eat them. My fa­vorite cook­ies are the peanut but­ter chip! On Christ­mas Eve we put out some cook­ies and milk for Santa. We usu­ally leave him three or four cook­ies. He must like them be­cause they are all gone when we wake up in the morn­ing. I can’t wait for Christ­mas! “Christ­mas” by Brenna Hayes: Mak­ing cook­ies with my fam­ily is my fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion. We go over to my Mom- mom’s house a few days be­fore Christ­mas. Whooooooo! My brother and cousins will be there too! My Mom-mom and I bake cook­ies to­gether. As they bake we can smell them from the oven, it smells so good! I love it so much! I think Mom-mom is the best cookie baker ever in the world. Christ­mas is my fa­vorite hol­i­day! We bake Christ­mas tree cook­ies. They’re my fa­vorite be­cause we put sprin­kles on them. I al­ways eat the ones that have the sprin­kles on them. They are so, so good. I can’t wait to bake cook­ies this year. “This Is What I Do On Christ­mas” by Brody To­bias: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is go­ing to the Christ­mas Vil­lage. It is cool when you can see ev­ery­thing. It is very cold there! Last year I burnt my taste buds drink­ing hot, hot, hot choco­late. We walked around Christ­mas Vil­lage for a while. It was dark out­side but the lights guided the way for us. We saw col­or­ful lights all around us. It looked stun­ning! I got a candy cane from Santa! It was a lit­tle warmer where Santa was. We stopped and got pop­corn. We ate the pop­corn as we were walk­ing around. When the pop­corn was gone we got a hot pret­zel, but not too hot. The lights are su­per bright and they look awe­some. They make me feel marvelous! We took pic­tures with Ru­dolph the Red nose Rein­deer. My baby brother cried when we took pic­tures. I hope we get to do it again this year! It was re­ally fun! “My Fa­vorite Hol­i­day Tra­di­tion” by Is­abella Bohner: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is get­ting a Christ­mas tree and dec­o­rat­ing it. I go with my mom and dad to pick out a Christ­mas tree. We like to pick a tall, fat tree so we can put lots of dec­o­ra­tions on it. We load it in the truck and take it home. Af­ter it is set up, Mommy and Daddy put the lights on the tree. Then Daddy holds me up and I put the star on top. Then we put the col­ored balls and swirly dec­o­ra­tions on the tree. When it’s fin­ished it looks beau­ti­ful! That’s why it is my fa­vorite tra­di­tion. “Caleb’s Christ­mas Tra­di­tions” by Caleb Haw­ley: My fa­vorite Christ­mas tra­di­tion is eat­ing choco­late chip pan­cakes. I can’t wait un­til Christ­mas morn­ing! My Dad wakes up early to make the pan­cakes for us to en­joy. Dad and I like it with syrup, THEY TASTE SO GOOD! We drink choco­late milk too. As you can tell I like choco­late! Next I open pre­sents then I watch The Po­lar Ex­press. It’s a good movie. Then I have a snow­ball fight with my Dad. I usu­ally win. Last I play with my new toys. I love Christ­mas! I can’t wait for next Christ­mas! “Fam­ily Time” by Stephen Lacey: My fa­vorite Christ­mas tra­di­tion is spend­ing time with my fam­ily. On Christ­mas morn­ing, I go in my mom’s bed with my mom and dad, and we lay around for a while. Then, my dad and I go to the liv­ing room to play games on the Xbox like Call of Duty. Later, I go to my Pop Pop’s house to spend time with him and eat din­ner. Next, I go to my mom mom’s house. Some­times I eat there too. I spend time there too. Fi­nally, I go home and open my pre­sents in the liv­ing room. They are un­der the tree. I have a lot of fun spend­ing time with my fam­ily on Christ­mas. “Christ­mas Party” by Lo­gan Crump: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is hav­ing a Christ­mas party. We wake up on Christ­mas morn­ing when the sun rises. We all go down­stairs. I give my dog, Cal­lie, a huge bone. My other 2 dogs, Boomer and Lilia, al­ways get a box of treats. When we are done open­ing the present some of our guests start to ar­rive. That’s when we start to set up for the rest of the guests. There is a lot food all over the kitchen coun­ters. The party re­ally starts at sun­set. We eat ham, mashed pota­toes and the vegeta­bles with dip .Then comes the best part. We play a card game. In this card game we win pre­sents! We all sit in the liv­ing room. Ev­ery­one gets five cards. When my grand­mother picks a card and you have the same num­ber, you get to go to the tree and find a wrapped present with your name on it but you can’t open it yet. When the pre­sents un­der the tree run out, you can swap your present with some­one else. It is a fun game! When they all leave, we clean up a lit­tle. Fi­nally it is time for bed. I can’t wait for this year’s Christ­mas Party! “My Fa­vorite Hol­i­day Tra­di­tion” by Kaylee Heim-

bach: Ev­ery Christ­mas, I and Mom make cook­ies to­gether for Santa. We make choco­late chip cook­ies. They are my fa­vorite kind of cookie. I help Mom by mix­ing the flour, eggs, sugar and other in­gre­di­ents. Af­ter we mix the in­gre­di­ents, Mom lets me lick the spoon. We then put the dough on the cookie sheet and add the choco­late chips on top. Then we bake the dough for an hour. When the oven beeps, we know the cook­ies are done! Mom takes the cook­ies out of the oven and we let them cool for an hour. Af­ter the cook­ies cool, we put five cook­ies on a spe­cial plate for Santa. Af­ter the cook­ies are ready, we are care­ful to push the plate of cook­ies all the way back on the counter so the dog doesn’t eat them. He loves to eat cook­ies, but he can’t be­cause there is choco­late chips in them. Once we fin­ish the cook­ies, we also give the rein­deer a snack. We give the rein­deer some ap­ples be­cause they like ap­ples. We only give them a cou­ple of ap­ples be­cause they’re not a lot of rein­deer to feed. We put Santa’s cook­ies on the kitchen ta­ble with a note I wrote for him right be­fore we go to bed. The next morn­ing, we al­ways find that Santa only had time to eat one bite of a cookie be­cause he was in a hurry. He al­ways leaves me a note thank­ing me for the cook­ies! I can’t wait to make cook­ies for Santa this year! “Aly’s Christ­mas Tra­di­tion” by Aly Hanna: Ev­ery Christ­mas Eve, my fam­ily and I go to Christ­mas Vil­lage. We put on our win­ter jack­ets, get some hot choco­late and look at all of the pretty lights. My fa­vorite part of the Vil­lage is the fire truck lights with Santa on the truck. Then we find my Grandma and Pop-pop and we go get some food, af­ter that we go see the rest of the Christ­mas Vil­lage. My grand­par­ents have a pet deer that comes to the Vil­lage with us. She walks around the Vil­lage with me and I hold her car­rots and leash. Af­ter we are done at the Christ­mas Vil­lage, we go to my Grandma’s house. At my Grandma’s house we have some dessert. We eat a red, green, and vanilla ic­ing lay­ered cake that my Grandma makes. Af­ter dessert we open our pre­sents and look for our elf named Princess. When I am done find­ing Princess, I put on my pa­ja­mas, watch a Christ­mas movie, and make pre­sents for our deer. Our fam­ily has had this tra­di­tion since my mom was a lit­tle kid, and I hope we do it for­ever! “Go­ing to Grandma’s House” by Chase Pat­ter­son: Go­ing to grandma’s house is my fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion. On Christ­mas morn­ing, I wake up we open pre­sents, then we eat break­fast. Af­ter break­fast,

my brother and I play with our new toys to­gether. I give my Grandma her present which makes her happy. My grand­par­ents, par­ents, brother and I spend time to­gether by the Christ­mas tree. While my brother and I play with our own toys, my par­ents and grand­par­ents watch Christ­mas movies on TV. If my brother and I like the movie, we watch it while we play with our toys. We also all play a game where we put the car­rot on the snow­man’s nose, like pin the tail on the don­key. We spend all day to­gether, and eat an early din­ner of ham, mashed pota­toes, green bean casse­role, and rolls. My brother and I usu­ally help dec­o­rate my grandma’s house and tree, but this year is dif­fer­ent. My grandma moved three hours away, so I hope we carry on this tra­di­tion this year. “My Fa­vorite Hol­i­day Tra­di­tion” by Lil­liana

Carbo: My fa­vorite hol­i­day tra­di­tion is mak­ing cook­ies for Santa. My Mom, brother and I meet in the kitchen to make the cook­ies. Mom has all the things ready for us to get started. We make a spe­cial cookie just for Santa! I get to put the flour in the bowl. My brother Michael, gets to crack the eggs into the bowl. Mom puts in the sugar and all the other in­gre­di­ents. Michael and I get to hold on to the mixer to mix up the cookie dough. Then we roll out the dough and use cookie cut­ter to cut out the shapes. Af­ter they are fin­ished bak­ing Mom takes them out of the oven and we get to dec­o­rate them. We add green ic­ing on the Christ­mas trees and then we put a Santa dec­o­ra­tion on the cookie. Later that night we put them out on a Santa plate and put the cook­ies out for Santa. We also put out some milk. That way Santa has cook­ies and milk to eat af­ter he puts out our pre­sents. We can’t wait to see if Santa ate all the cook­ies! It is a lot of fun mak­ing cook­ies with my fam­ily. I hope we can do it

again this year! “Christ­mas Fun” by

Shane Speaker: Ev­ery Christ­mas af­ter­noon, my grand­par­ents come over to my house to cel­e­brate the hol­i­day with us. One year, they brought two big boxes of pre­sents. One box was for me and one box was for Kiana. Kiana and I each got a suit­case tag. My suit­case tag was Mikey the Ninja Tur­tle. Kiana got a Min­nie Mouse suit­case tag. Af­ter we opened pre­sents, we play games. My mom, dad, grand­par­ents, Kiana, and I all play the games. We play Launch Skee Ball, and Mini Bas­ket­ball. I play my dad in Mini Bas­ket­ball. I play my sis­ter in Launch Skee Ball. She is very good. I am very good too. Af­ter we play games we re­lax and watch TV be­cause it is get­ting late. I am su­per happy that my grand­par­ents sleep over at my house on Christ­mas! We all have a very fun Christ­mas. When it is time for my grand­par­ents to go home, we ask “Why do you have to go?” The an­swer is,” It is the day af­ter Christ­mas guy. You know Santa came last night. We love you xox­ox­oxo!’ We all have an in­cred­i­ble Christ­mas to­gether! I can’t wait for Christ­mas this year! “Shelby’s Christ­mas Tra­di­tion” by Shelby Sch­wenk: My fa­vorite Christ­mas tra­di­tion is mak­ing cook­ies. We make them for our fam­ily and Santa. We al­ways leave at least 4 cook­ies for Santa to eat. They are usu­ally choco­late chip cook­ies. I hope that they are Santa’s fa­vorite cook­ies. My whole fam­ily, in­clud­ing my aunts, un­cles and cousins, make the cook­ies the day be­fore Christ­mas. It is re­ally fun mak­ing the cook­ies! We all meet at my house. We have to meet in lit­tle groups to make the cook­ies. While one group goes to make the cook­ies the oth­ers watch the movie, Elf. It is the fun­ni­est movie ever! When the group is fin­ished bak­ing cook­ies the other peo­ple who want to make cook­ies go to the din­ing room to make them. Then, when ev­ery­body has made the cook­ies we go to the liv­ing room to watch Elf, and eat some of the cook­ies. We usu­ally fall asleep in the mid­dle of it. Un­cle Adam and Mom-mom spend the night with us. In the morn­ing, af­ter we eat pan­cakes we eat more cook­ies. Hope­fully there are still more! Maddy and I eat most of the cook­ies, they are re­ally good. My fa­vorite part about mak­ing the cook­ies is sneak­ing a lot of dough when mom isn’t look­ing! I get to lick the mix­ers, and Maddy gets to lick the bowl. It is so fun mak­ing cook­ies with my fam­ily! “Austin’s Christ­mas Tra­di­tion” by Austin Butera: Ev­ery Christ­mas my whole fam­ily helps dec­o­rate the Christ­mas tree. It starts with a drive to Wendy’s Flower Shop. All four of us get out of the car and we start search­ing for just the right tree. We look for a medium size tree with not real long branches. My mom and my dad carry the tree into the house. Dad puts it in the tree stand and makes sure it is straight. My dad also has to go to the third floor to get the dec­o­ra­tions. My mom and dad get the frus­trat­ing job of mak­ing sure the lights are on ev­ery branch. My younger brother Jack­son and I watch while they put the lights on the tree. Once they are done that we get to help put the or­na­ments on the tree. My fa­vorite or­na­ment is a car with an­i­mals that sing. The Christ­mas song they sing is funny. It makes Jack­son and I laugh a lot! The other or­na­ment I like is the Char­lie Brown Christ­mas one, my dad likes that one too. For the past cou­ple of years we have been putting a Santa on the top of the tree. We use to put a star on the tree. I like the star but the rest of my fam­ily likes the Santa. I don’t know why? I hope we get to put the train around the Christ­mas tree this year! I had a re­ally good time putting it up with my dad. I feel re­ally sad when we have to take it down.


Kim­ber­ley Mitchell’s sec­ond-grade class at Cole­brook­dale El­e­men­tary School.

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