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What is your favorite thing about the holidays?

Posted: December 6, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: December 6, 2011 1:30 a.m.

First place

Hailey Pearson

Grade 6

Highlands Elementary School

Christmas is my favorite holiday, not only in winter, but out of the whole year. Many people just care about the presents, but to me, it’s enjoying something much more important — the company of my family.

I like gathering around the fire on that cold winter day. I enjoy watching my cousins and brothers around the Christmas tree, opening presents with big, happy grins on their faces. I like sitting by my grandma and grandpa, talking to them about school, friends and how I’m doing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love presents and the feast, but there’s nothing better than family. That’s my favorite thing about the holidays.


Second place

Jennifer Mohr

Grade 6

Highlands Elementary School

My favorite holiday is Christmas. Most people think Christmas is just about getting things and not giving things. It sure is nice to get stuff like toys and games, but have you ever thought about giving something?

I like Christmas because I like the feeling when I give something to someone and the look on their face changes.

There is another thing that I love about the holidays, and that’s the Christmas lights. Every Christmas, me and my mom go to Candy Cane Lane and look at all the lights. It is so pretty. We also decorate our house.

There are a million things I could talk about, but those are my two favorite things about the holidays.


Third place

Aubrie Barfield

Grade 6

Highlands Elementary School

Family time is one of my favorite things during the winter holidays (besides presents). The reason being that so many children don’t have a family to spend time with or a wonderful meal their parents made. While trying to put myself in their shoes, I cry. I’d miss my family so much, so it’s important to value family time.

Christmas presents come and go, but family is forever. That is why every Christmas I look forward to my family, not what’s under the tree.


Sarah Elaebrak

Grade 5

Highlands Elementary School

My favorite holiday would be Christmas. When I was little, my parents would hold me at the top of the tree so I could put on our angel. She has a red dress with a white stay and beautiful golden blond hair.

I could smell the sugar cookies a mile away. The gingerbread house just looked like a big blob of sugar, but that was OK. When I entered the living room, I heard the tearing of wrapping-paper buzz by my ears. The presents got opened one by one and my heart beat faster as I sat on the couch and waited for my turn. When my name was called, chills raced across my body. I got so overwhelmed with excitement that I didn’t realize the time.

We all went out for a campfire, and I watched as my mom tried not to burn herself and make us all laugh. Christmas brings so much joy to me that every year I say, “I’ll remember this night forever.”


Jackson Minyaro

Grade 6

Highlands Elementary School

My favorite holiday is Christmas — not because of presents or Santa, but because of Jesus’ birth. Presents are nice, but the birth of Jesus is much more important.

Christmas is a time to celebrate and worship Jesus and all of the things he has done for us, like create the whole universe, and create everything like me and you, and you, and you, and you, and everyone in the world!

If you don’t know who Jesus is or don’t care or believe in him, you really should go pick up a Bible and start reading some of it. And I think it will turn your life upside-down in a good way, an amazing and miraculous way. After you read some of it, you should look at Christmas in a whole different way. And you will realize how much your life changed, and how your personality has become caring and compassionate. And you will start to be a much better person.

That is why Christmas is my favorite holiday.


Ashley Orozeo

Grade 5

Highlands Elementary School

Ah, Christmas. The time when you get together with your family and relax. Unfortunately, that’s not why we celebrate Christmas. We celebrate Christmas because we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

I love Christmas because I can procrastinate all I want because there is no school. I like how when it’s around Christmas, it snows. The snow comes down precisely when rain falls. Christmas is awesome because not only do you get to hang out with your family, but you get presents. Well, the absolute thing I love about Christmas is the stories and songs about snowmen, Santa Claus and reindeer.


Damara Ganyo

Grade 5

Highlands Elementary School

I love all holidays, but my favorite has to be Christmas. My family and I make the best dessert we can think of for breakfast! This dessert is usually monkey bread.

Monkey bread is a delicious bread baked with a cinnamon glaze. We call it “monkey bread” because we eat it with our fingers.

My family opens our presents and then my sister and I make fake snow to replace the snow there never was. Every Christmas we hope for snow, but the closest we have gotten is rain.


Evan Fovder

Grade 6

Emblem Elementary School

Holidays? Well, there’s a lot to like about those. I could sit here writing forever about things I like about holidays. But I’m not gonna do that, ’cause I don’t wanna talk about just any holiday. I wanna talk about Christmas!

My favorite thing about Christmas is just about everything! It is very enjoyable to give and receive gifts. But it’s not all about gifts. It’s also about getting to be with your family. It gives everyone a day off to enjoy each other.

I personally like to play games with my family, like board games such as checkers, chess and Monopoly — that sort of thing. There’s a lot to like about Christmas, like I said earlier, but this is what I, personally, like the most.



Cameron King

Grade 5

Highlands Elementary School

Christmas is my favorite holiday because it’s when my family and I relax all day, sitting next to the fire. I give thanks to everyone in my family. I wish I could go down to the orphanage every year and give tons of toys to them. I especially give thanks for all the toys and joy that I have, and so does my family.


Emily Bernardi

Grade 6

Highlands Elementary School

My name is Emily Bernardi, I’m a student at Highlands Elementary School and I am in sixth grade.

My favorite thing about the holidays is being able to spend time with family, and the best part is everybody is happy at holiday time.

Now, the holidays aren’t just for getting presents. Yeah, it’s nice to get gifts, but it’s better to give gifts. It’s also awesome because you always have the nice, big dinner with family.

But what my family does is go to the shelter and give the children gifts, then we go and have our nice, big holiday dinner with family.


Connor Modugno

Grade 6

Highlands Elementary School

My favorite part about the holidays is Christmas. I love when my family gets together for a party with a feast afterwards. I also love the joy when you give a present to someone and they love it. I also like getting presents, too.

When my family eats dinner, it is very relaxing because my mom and grandma are wonderful cooks.

The card games and movies we watch at night are very fun. Christmas is a very joyful holiday that I love.


Keavra Long

Grade 6

Highlands Elementary School

What is Christmas? Lots of kids think it’s about the presents or the candy, but no, this is what I think it’s about.

Every year, tons of people celebrate Christmas, and I’m one of them. Kids write notes to Santa and hope for presents.

My favorite thing about Christmas is that I get to spend time with my friends and family. We all get to celebrate Christmas together. I also get to go to Christmas parties with my relatives. I also like receiving presents, but it’s not my favorite. Christmas is a wonderful holiday. I can’t wait till it comes!


Giovanni Cordero

Highlands Elementary School

My favorite holiday would be Christmas. People might think Christmas is all about the presents. Well, they are wrong.

To me, Christmas is much more. I am a Christian, so for me, it is when Christ was born so he could die on the cross for us to wash away all of our sins.

For my family, it is a great joy to wake up in the morning, look at the Christmas tree, then go to church to celebrate this wonderful day.

To me, Christmas is the most happy holiday. People are so happy on Christmas Eve. I feel like Christmas is a great way for people to live in harmony with each other.


Ryan Harless

Highlands Elementary School

My favorite things about Christmas is seeing the smiles on my family’s faces and spending time with my parents. The reason why seeing my family’s smiles is important is because I feel happy that everyone else is happy.

Another great thing is that I share with my family on Christmas. When my brother or my sisters ask to play with something of mine, I let them. The reason it is important to spend time with my parents is because I love them and I just want them to know I am thankful for everything they do. This is my favorite part about the holidays.


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