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?
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