ESSAYS: What Christmas Means to Me

To me Christmas means a time to spend with family and a time for Santa to come. It also means a time to give to others. A time to give, but also to receive.

One thing I think about when people talk about Christmas is Santa. I think about the anticipation of getting gifts. I think about fuzzy brown reindeer flying in the night sky. I think of elves too! Elves are the tiny people who make the things you would get on Christmas. My family has a book called Elf on the Shelf. It's a book you read one night, and then the next day you have a tiny elf dressed in a red suit hiding in your house. You have to wake up and find it. It sees how you behave, then goes to the North Pole to tell Santa how you behave. At Christmas our elf hides in weird places and makes a lot of messes.

At Christmas I think of big family dinners. I think of just spending time with my family. We decorate the house and Christmas tree together. Christmas means staying up late watching Christian movies with my family. I think of our yearly trip to Yankee Candle to buy candles that will make the house smell festive.

These are the things I think of when I hear Christmas. They are the three things I think about. This is what Christmas means to me.

~ Ella Danielson

4th grade, West Point Elementary School

I just love Christmas, how about you? First, I love Christmas because it is the time when Jesus was born and his birth took place in a barn on the 25th of December. That is one reason I love Christmas. Also, my family and I have a thirty minute prayer to thank God and to see how He wants us to be on Christmas Day.

I think Christmas is also about family. Family is almost like one goes down, then y'all are all down. But we do a family big dinner with animals that we hunted and killed. For example, deer, turkey, bear, and squirrel. We should be thankful just like the Indians. We do some traditions, like 25 days of Christmas. This is about when we sit down and read a Christmas book each day from Dec. 1 all the way to Dec. 25. That is what I mean about family.

Finally Christmas is about giving and receiving. When I wake up I get tons of presents. But, after I wake up, then I make cards and gifts for my parents. Also we do something that is called "Secret Santa." We put a gift in someone's room and do not tell who it came from. These are the reasons I love Christmas: Jesus, family, and giving.

Austin Martin

5th grade, West Point Elementary School