Kids’ talk:

It’s the most won­der­ful time for most lucky chil­dren out there – but what do they re­ally think about the big day and its tra­di­tions?

EDP Norfolk - - INSIDE - WORDS: Rachel Buller Š PHO­TOS: Steve Adams

What does Christ­mas mean when you’re four?

We can all re­mem­ber our school days at Christ­mas. Class­rooms would be trans­formed by hand­made dec­o­ra­tions and the cur­ricu­lum would go out of the win­dow. Halls and gyms would be cleared to make way for im­promptu stages and hastily hand­painted back­drops of Beth­le­hem and mince pies would be baked in abun­dance.

At Barford Pri­mary School, near Wymondham, fes­tive fever is in full swing and head teacher Matt Dun­scombe says as well as be­ing great fun, Christ­mas is an im­por­tant time for not only the chil­dren to come to­gether at school, but fam­i­lies and the wider com­mu­nity.

“Christ­mas has al­ways been an im­por­tant part of the school year and the atmosphere al­ways feels very spe­cial. Our an­nual dec­o­ra­tion day is al­ways a much-loved event, with chil­dren from all year groups work­ing to­gether to make the school look re­splen­dent. And of course, we are al­ready busy pre­par­ing for our na­tiv­ity play and carol con­cert, which are won­der­ful op­por­tu­ni­ties for staff, chil­dren, their fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity to come to­gether to join in the fes­tive cheer, some­thing which as a school, we feel is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant at Christ­mas.”

But what do the pupils re­ally think about it all? Here are the thoughts of six young elves on ev­ery­thing from tur­key din­ners to the real mean­ing of Christ­mas.

“The other mean­ing of Christ­mas is choco­late – you can have lots of choco­late for break­fast


CLOCK­WISE, FROM BE­LOW: Fred and Is­abelle; Lilly and Ella; Joe­seph and Noah

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