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Our Christmas essay contest

Sunday, November 25, 2012
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Olivia Kaye of Scotia was the winner of our first Christmas essay contest, which invited children to tell us what they loved about their communities during the holidays. Here we share a sampling of some of the other entries we received. While they didn't win the contest, we thought our readers would enjoy them.

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My favorite part of Christmas is when it is super early, around three to four o'clock and you wake up and have that feeling. It's Christmas. You run out and see the presents and go get mom and dad. It makes me wonder what could be in the presents. It also makes me think what presents are for me and which ones are for my sister. That is my favorite part of Christmas.

Ethan Ippolito

Broadalbin

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What I love about Christmas in Broadalbin is how it's really quiet. As you get up in the morning. You can see all of the around you light up, as they get up to spend the holiday with their family. Every year, Broadalbin has a parade. It's amazing with the lights, displays and bands playing music, asI sip from my hot chocolate. They throw candy and the city lights up with laughter and cheer. Couples hug, and family members gather. Pretty cool, right? Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love spending time with my family. I love seeing the bright smile on my mom's face as we tear the wrapping paper. I love Christmas!

Connor Brooks

Broadalbin

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This is probably going to be the best Christmas that my family and I will ever have because this year we are going to decorate a lot more than we ever did and probably have a lot more fun while decorating. Just yesterday, I went shopping for my best friends and while we were shopping we went to Michaels and I wanted to make a homemade wreath for us to have. We never bought a wreath or never had one cause they are so expensive. So I said to my mom I wanted to make one and she said “OK.” We got Christmas color pom poms, some pine cones that are fake but smell really good, a bow and a foam ring to put the pom poms on. When we went home, I started right away on the wreath.

While we were shopping, we bought our yearly Christmas ornaments. I got an ornament that has a white teddy bear on it and the teddy bear is wearing a scarf and also the teddy bear is holding a baby penguin and the baby penguin is wearing a hat and they both are sledding down a hill on a blue sled. It is so cute.

When I was making the wreath, I thought of making cookies for my neighbors' baby Mia; she is 8-10 months old and it is her first Christmas. That is why I want to give her cookies even though she can't eat them yet so the parents can enjoy them. Also, while I was making a wreath, I was thinking of making a lot of Christmas wreaths for kids and families who can't celebrate Christmas, but I will probably start that next year though.

Later on in December, my family and I will go to Bob's trees and buy our very own Christmas tree and bring it home. We won't set it up that night. We will set it up the next day and decorate that night. We love setting up the Christmas tree because it's so much fun and it brightens our house and makes our house look filled with Christmas spirit.

On Christmas Day, we will get in our Christmas clothes and head on over to Bob's trees and have our own family breakfast. Our uncle Bill is like the manager of Bob's trees so we get to have it there, and also half of my mom's side of the family work there, even her mom. So anyway, when we're there, I see my Great-grandma C and she gives my cousins and my brother and I our Christmas presents and also other family members because they won't be coming to our Christmas dinner party at our house. So once we are done with Bob's trees, we will head home and start making the dinners and desserts and clean the house until around 4 o'clock, when everybody starts showing up. Then once everybody is here, we eat, then all the aunts give us kids their presents (all of our aunts including my mom have to pick out of hat 2-3 kids and that's who the aunt has to pick) so this year, I get my Aunt Wendy and also my brother, then my grandma gives everyone of us kids a Christmas present, then everybody leaves about ten at night and that is the end of the day.

Jordan Palmer

Amsterdam

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My favorite part of Christmas is waking up in the morning and going downstairs so early and just seeing the beautiful tree and all of the presents beneath it. When you go in your parents' room and wake them up so you can finally open your presents. The moment when they finally wake up and make their coffee. The smell and the lights that make the room shine. Then you open them and you feel so happy.

Ben Hitrich

Broadalbin

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My favorite thing about this holiday is the family we only see once a year (on Christmas Eve). It is extremely fun to bake cookies and sit down to watch the Santa tracker and chat. I also like the Christmas dinner (not including the turkey).

Tatum Capodiferro

Amsterdam

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From my Christmas past, my family and I would have this little village set up on our china cabinet. We would get it all ready before Christmas. It would have fake snow and people to go with it. After that, my mom would make our favorite Christmas breakfast, monkey bread. It's our tradition every year to have it, and I love it. We usually would sit around having family time and we would get two presents on Christmas Eve. Christmas is my favorite holiday because I get to spend it with the people I love and care about.

Taylor Cloutier

Amsterdam

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My favorite memories of Christmas is when I was from the ages of six to ten years old. Every year in that time frame I would participate in my church's Christmas pageant. Everyone dresses up and re-enacts the birth of Jesus Christ. Then my grandparents come over and give us our presents one day early. Then we give them theirs. It is a tradition in my family to open gifts from grandparents on Christmas Eve. To this day, I still can't wait until mass on Christmas Eve.

Mike Dygas

Amsterdam

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Every year, my girl scout troop, Troop 2485, decorates the tree in the village of Broadalbin for Christmas. We normally go to Herba's Tree Farm to get the tree because they donate it. Then, we go pick it up after about a week, and put it in a small hole in the ground. My dad and the girls put the lights around the tree, and then we all decorate it with snowflakes and other ornaments. On the day of the holiday parade, one scout thanks everyone who donated and participated with getting the tree, and then she introduces the mayor. After he speaks, he lights the tree and we start the parade. This is the second year my troop started decorating the tree, and this year we're having help from Junior Troop 2740.

Olivia Wallin-Eddy

Broadalbin

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On Christmas Eve, after church, we go to my Grammie's house to celebrate with my dad's side of the family. We have turkey, ham and eggnog. After dinner, we open gifts and have dessert.

On Christmas Day, my mom's family comes to our house. We have my Grandpa's favorite goumpkie dinner and ham. We open gifts and play games, then we have dessert and listen to Christmas music. I love having my family all together.

Jake Rebisz

Broadalbin

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During the Christmas season, my family and I have many yearly traditions. Like decorating the whole house, making Christmas cookies while watching Christmas movies, going to get our Christmas tree then going out to lunch, and the seven fish dinner on Christmas Eve.

My all-time favorite part of Christmas is decorating the Christmas tree with my parents, brothers and grandparents. It's that one moment when you feel like time freezes and you don't want that moment to end. It's such an amazing and fantastic time with my family. Seeing my parents and grandparents' eyes light up with flashbacks of their childhood and a warm glow that shows my brothers and I that they are having the time of their lives.

It shows us that being a kid does not last forever, so enjoy it while we still are young and no matter how much money you have or no matter how big your houses is as long as you are with family that is all that matters and counts.

Alexandra Wagner

Amsterdam

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Every year on Christmas morning, we watch “The Christmas Story.” We watch it all day until we go to sleep. It's a real good movie, but when you watch it every year all day...wow does it become annoying, knowing it by heart, every word, the actions.

That's my family tradition. I will pass this on so when I am older, my kids will watch it too. It will also remind me of how I was when I was a kid.

Jessica Burden

Broadalbin

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December 25 is a special day to most: putting up Christmas trees, baking cookies and singing Christmas carols. Everyone has that one thing they love. Every year on Christmas Eve, my father takes all of the kids for a ride. We go around the neighborhood and look at all the lights and decorations. We count how many Santa Clauses we see. One year, we saw 203! That's what makes my Christmas special.

Heather Lyons

Broadalbin

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For Christmas, my grandfather and I make cookies, peanut butter and chocolate balls, pretzels with caramel over the pretzels that are delicious! We make them every year. They take the whole entire day to make them. When we make the sugar cookies, we would put frosting on the cookies. This is the one time we can really bond together. It's my favorite time of the year.

Sara Lais

Amsterdam

 

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