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Season’s Greetings Arrowhead Elementary 2nd Grade Mrs. Wilson

The Holidays To me the holiday’s mean spending time with my family. My mom will make yummy food. My dad will do a crazzy dance. I’ll make a nice wreaf for my mom and my dad. I’ll spend time with my aunt ang grama, gramapa my brother and my sister and my mom and dad to! And that is how I’ll spend my holiday’s. Maeghan Forsyth What Chrismas means to me What I like about Chrismas is when I get to be with my family. We eat Chrismas dinner, open presents, and have fun. But the best thing about Chrismis is when you share hugs, and share kisses. So thats what Chrismas means to me. Elizabeth Erlandson What Christmas to me To me the holidays mean bring my family together being warm having good food and decorating the tree with light. Wating for Santa Claus being cozy and most of all being thankful being with my family is what the holidays mean and having fun. What I really wont is to see is the reindeer and being understanding and loving my family that is what the holidays mean to me!! I am thamk for the holidays!! Maddi Parker

The Holidays To me the holidays mean being Thankfull and decorating the Christmas trees and being very of active. Kaylee Carpenter Holidays To me, the holidays mean haveing fun and having good food. And decorate the Christmas tree. And fun music and that’s what it means to me. Reece Nafts My Holidays! To me, the holidays mean having my family and giving. Almost all my family comes to visit for Christmas. We also are thankful a lot. The last one is we watch Christmas movies and decorate. That is what the holidays mean to me. Hayden Trost The Holidays To me the holidays mean having fun. Almost every Christamas my family goes to Utah to see my Grandma and Granpa. I love to sing Christamas songs and have hot cocoa. Every Christmas we decorate the tree. I love the holidays because you have fun. Haylee Crabtree My Holidays To me, the holidays mean having fun and family and even being thankful. What I do for fun is play games. My family comes to not a lot to my house! I am thankful for everthing we have. That’s what the holidays mean to me. The end. Nicholas Schneider

What the holidays mean to me What the holidays mean to me Whut the holidays mean to me being thankfull and being with my At the holidays my famleie has a crismas eve party for friends. And a famly and Christmas is my favorite crismas morint party for famley. At holiday. I have lots of fun and I feel the holidays ther i log all around. I realy cosy. When it is a holiday and there is lots of deceration and I try love the holiday’s. to be on my best be haveyour. So Hanna Wilden that’s why the holidays are fun. Owen Guthridge What do the holidays mean to me My Holidays To me the holidays mean having To me the holidays mean Christmas fun and drinking hot cocao. And sledding. And I love the snow and is good. My family loves me. We like to be together. Christ mas. Emily Pennington Sean Gunnis

Nolan Clarke, 4th Grade Billings Educational Academy

Holidays are Asome To me, the holidays mean that I am realy worm because I have hot choclate. And we eat maccaroni and other good food. And my whole entire family comes for Christmas. Even I like getting presents. Even I like to give presents too. And giving cookies too. Even my family sing Christmas songs to. That’s why holidays are asome. Adler Ponto The wrst holiday every To me the holidays mean joy. Like for instance on Christmas every time I wake my dad up. In the moning guess what he says Baylor go! to! Bed!!! He even has presents and guess what who doenst want presents who the rest of the holidays ane good and guess what Santa ate all the cookies. Baylor Boyce What the Holdays mean to me Being nice to others. Having fun, joy, fun music and happiness. Decorating the tree. There’s good food and being with my famly give’s me joy. That’s what the holidays mean to me. Gabrielle Salmi

Christmas On a Christmas eve the last presents are placed under the tree. Everyone prays and goes to sleep, and dreams. To me Christmas is everything. Christmas to me is better than anything. The time of giving and sharing is now. I think Christmas is taken best by children. They give and get. Last Christmas my parents got me something I always wanted. I think that in Christmas you get the best gifts if you give to others. Beau Haeker Christmas Time The snow is glistening People are calling Merry Christmas Merry Christmas Elves are working Santa’s watching He’ll wrap all the presents Then deliver them tonight He’ll wiggle down the chimney “Oh my jimmney! It’s time to celebrate Come look Ma! Come look Pa I can hardly wait Marcella L. Mercer

Christmas Time People’s trees are falling santa’s calling everywhere you go it’s Christmas time lets get out the chimes and go caroling in the snow when you take out the fudge don’t leave a smudge cause it’s almost time to go it’s Christmas Eve We need to leave so we can get back to sleep. Kade Worthington The Christmas Poem caroling happy ribbon icicles snowflakes turkey mashed potatoes angel santa Marin Egan

Holidays To me the holidays mean to have fun and to give things and to decorate trees and most of all, to be with my family. Espen Nyquist

4th Grade Linda Auch

Holidays I want to go to the Bahamas or Hawaii for Christmas. I have a lot of people in my family, so they would be coming. What I want for the Holidays... well I want a car, flying car, brass knuckle taser, boat, water powered jet pack, parking car sign, mad doormat and a panda that knows Kung-Fu. Or just a panda that has brass knuckles and have my brother Samuel, Lukas, Kalab get it all. Eli Berry

Christmas Time in Boston For Christmas this year, I want to spend time in Boston with my The holidays are cool My Holidays mom, sister, and brother. I was To me the holidays mean: To me, the holidays mean I get born in Boston, but I have Never really happy. Becase my my grampa Having fun because my brothers been there for Christmas. Most of get to come home for the holidays. comes from Arizona. And we play my Mom’s family lives there ,so it We are happy, loving, and caring. fun games. And also I get to play would be fun to spend time with We love being active like having a with my cousins. One of them is them for the Holidays with family snowball fi ghts. And that’ s what the named Lauren she’s five moths old. members that I have Never met holidays mean to me. The other one is named Ryan he’s before. I think it would to be the William Carlson two years old so that’s why I’m so best way to spend CHRISTMAS happy for the holidays! THIS YEAR............. To me, the holidays mean Laney Fuller Auddie Martin putting stuff up for Christmas and we put up lights on the house and What the holidays mean to me It’s A Holiday we put up food for the reindeer. To me, the holidays mean having It’s the holiday season They can eat it and Santa Claus fun. Playing with my cousins, and now I have a reason comes dowen the chimney. Santa eating a big Christmas dinner to say I have not been teasing Claus give toy to the kids. and waiting for Santa. I love the or freezing so reindeer are flying Jesse Allison holidays they are fun. and people are tieing their wreaths Nate Smith when Christmas is here, there will Holidays be no To me, the holidays mean fun and Christmas peeks because Santa seeks loving and family and joy. Having The holidays having fun. Christmas the night without a fright fun and good food and being cozy. is so fun because you get toys like so hold on tight Spencer Ouradnik skateboards, skootes. That’s what it till means to me. Christmas night. Cayden Thornock Kate Bick

Zachary, 4th Grade, Arrowhead Elementary

Season’s Greetings is a celebration of the season with memories of past holidays and hopes for the future through the eyes of our children. The Billings Gazette would like to thank all of the children who participated by submitting stories, poems, recipes, wishes and drawings. We would also like to thank their teachers. Without them, this would not have been possible. Happy Holidays! Access Season’s Greetings at www.billingsgazette.com/specialsections

Wishing you a Blessed Christmas In the joy of this season, may we rejoice and sing God’s praise!

By the coming of Christ Jesus, may the hungry be filled with good foods, may those who are ill be blessed with good health! Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth!

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Beartooth Elementary 4th Grade Mrs. Heine

My favorite Christmas tradition is getting hot chocolate and looking at Christmas lights. My mom and sister and aunt go with me. We listen to Christmas music while we drive. My favorite part is when we go down Misfit lane. The coolest is the abominable smow monster. It is cool. Jonah Neckels Some of my family’s favorite traditions are going to Sheridan or going to my Grandparent’s house Christmas morning. My favorite recipes are green bean casserole, cheesecake, yams and last but not least apple pie. For Christmas activities my family plays the Wii, goes sledding and plays the thankful game! On Christmas morning the weather is very cold, snowy, and it is sometimes raining out. What Christmas means to me: I do not only like it because of the gifts I like it because you get to spend time with your family! It means a whole lot to me! Tristyn Fink My favorite time of season is winter when there is snow on the ground and it’s cold outside. It’s almost Christmas, my favorite time of the year. It’s my favorite time of the year because people are getting their Christmas trees up and my Grandma sends tamales and this it is my puppy Daisy’s first Christmas. Anissa Carlson Every Christmas we have dinner with my Great Grandparents and my Grandma Connie and Grandpa Darrell and my mom and dad and my sister. I get to choose one present to open up. I then go to bed and wait for Santa. In the morning my family opens presents together. My grandpa Darrell fixes up a big batch of sourdough pancakes. Jackson Jeffers On Thanksgiving my mom makes turkey with extra stuffing. My mom makes fruit salad with marshmallow. On Christmas Eve at 6:00 my dad lifts my little sister to put the star up and then we put our list next to Santa’s cookies and milk. Daniel Pitman

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Every Christmas my family bakes cookies and plays games. Every Christmas Eve me and my family go to a Christmas Eve service. We also decorate our Christmas tree 12 days before Christmas. Another Christmas tradition my family does is to drink hot cocoa and watch TV. We also go around giving presents to certain people. We also write wish lists to our parents. We also open presents and share Christmas joy. Have a merry Christmas! Aiden Carroll

Reindeers like to Eat candy and Ice cream. They eat it everyday. They Never stop! They eat it for breakfast, lunch and Dinner the reindeers love it so much they Eat it at anytime even for Ever. The Reindeers started to feel sick so they never ate candy and ice cream again! Alex

Celebrating Having funs Redecorating Ice Santa Tree Mistletoe Art Saint Nicholas Lynze Lindblad

Reindeer run in the sky Everyone asleep in their beds In my house in my room Nacho and I sleep in our beds During the night the deer land in the snow Every Christmas morning the trees have gifts Every child gets some presents from Mom and Dad Reindeer fly back to the North Pole. Emily

On Christmas Eve at night I go to church and sing Christmas songs. After that we open one present on Christmas Eve. Then we do a family thing like a board game. Then on Christmas we wake up in the morning and open my presents. Then we play something. Then we go to church. Then we come home and play something again. Then we go to bed. The end. Brayden Barnes My favorite holiday traditions are every Christmas we go to my Grandparent’s farm. Every Christmas there we go sledding. Also every Christmas before we celebrate, my cousin and I take turns reading the Christmas story out of the Bible, after we do that we each pick a Christmas carol and we ding it. Every Christmas we also go snowmobiling and ice skating. Also, we eat fudge and Chex-Mix. That goes on at my holidays. Jessi Henkel

5th Grade Mrs. Pogue

Reindeer are flying magically Eating funny Santa’s helpers In the night the laughing reindeer eat Naughty candy like cookies and Donuts and they Eat candy canes and they Eat kisses and they are good Reindeer Shiann

Santa comes with joy And love Never with hate For Christmas, every year the entire The reindeer pull the sleigh A single reindeer Rudolph leads family gets together and decorate the tree. And before Christmas we them watch Christmas movies. And on Christmas Day we have a feast and Cold air is here we sit in a circle and open presents Laughter is fun Always joyous and say who it is from. U see Christmas ornaments and Kristopher Strecker lights Santa comes for joy and fun! My family each year sets up the Riley tree. The kids put the ornaments on the tree after Mom and Dad Santa Claus is set the tree up. We each have Amazing and you special ornaments. Mine is a “C” Never can see him to mark my name. We always go Tonight children are sleeping to Grandma’s house on Christmas Are ready for Eve for dinner. My favorite is her homemade rolls. We always go Christmas and to open their to church during the holiday. We presents sing songs, pray, and hold candles Laying under the tree until Santa during silent night. leaves Caiden Strauser Always they get up early for Every Christmas my family goes to Christmas looking for my Grandparent’s house. We meet Unique presents my aunts, uncles, and cousins. We Santa is creative! Caden have a big fancy dinner and open presents. We also play games. It Reindeer fly to is so fun. My Grandma makes the best cookies. At the night we go to Every house In the world and go back to the sit by the fire and talk. Once we even went skating on a frozen lake. North Pole after they Deliver the presents so We also get to go see and feed the Every Christmas I will horses. It is so fun. Eat dinner and wear Hayden Baumberger Red! Libby

Smelling the sweet candy cones At the top of my stocking Nocking on my Grandma’s door Taking out my Christmas dress At the Christmas tree are every buddies’ presents Lights sparkling on the tree At the top an angel sits Unique wrapping around the presents So we all sit by the fire opening presents. Kelsey Santa Claus comes at night every Christmas Eve And brings toys for boys and girls Nick knacks and thises and that’s Treats on treats so sweet Almond joys, fruitcakes, and Candy canes too! Love, joy, and peace After Christmas Until Christmas Santa Claus! Zaiana Happy Holidays all Over the Land I see snow falling, ice Dangling on houses A decoration on every block You’ll see presents under the Christmas tree on a Fun, cool, awesome Unique, wonderful, cold Never before Christmas! Hannah Santa Claus is A very jolly man he gives us toys at Night. He puts toys under the Christmas Tree. We give him cookies And carrots for the reindeer. He Comes to all our houses and Leaves candy in our stockings And leaves the best toys for Us and then goes home on his Sleight to get ready for the next great Christmas! Madison Santa is nice And jolly. Every Night on Christmas Eve The great old Santa Claus flies Above every house and he lands on it and then with a

Running around the world Every where they fly In the air Never sleeping on the job Daring the strong winds Ending up seeing all the lights Every where they go Running and pouncing when they get back home! Cameryn Santa Claus is Always jolly except for when kids are Naughty Time and time again And Mrs. Claus makes her delicious Cookies and Santa Claus is a cookie Lover. He always brings presents Always especially to the good boys and girls he’s Unique that’s why all the boys and girls love Santa Claus!!!!! Arella Reindeer Every year they come and go In the night they Nudge through snow Suring the night little kids Expect Santa to come and give Each and everyone presents while Rudolph lights the way! Jaidyn Reindeer are oh so Eager to fly oh so In to pulling Santa’s sleigh as Night flies they begin to Dare the harsh winds so mighty Eager to go deliver toys to all the kids Excitement and joy brings happiness Reindeer oh so happy to fly oh so high Ya! Ya! Broklin Reindeers fly up high Every Christmas Eve In the morning children wake up Near the tree our Christmas presents are During the day the kids play Every did loves snow Every kid loves reindeer Reindeer are awesome! Destiney Silly Santa brings toys. And really yummy candy canes at Night Tonight we all get a little magic And of course he eats the Cookies we Leave for him At 8:00 am I wake up and have a Unicycle Smiles go everywhere! Anela Happy Holidays Over the Land I see Santa Claus Dangling all over All warm You will see your present Fun and creative U will be surprised Nothing is more fun then Christmas! Darian Santa Claus is Always watching my step day and Night looking at my face happy and sweet Tonight is the night he comes to my house As generous as can be

Running through the air on Christmas Eve the reindeer take flight In the air they fly through the Night they Deliver the gifts to Everybody and that is the story of Christmas Eve and now we wait for the Reindeer next Christmas! Esmerelda Happy children play in the snow Others throw snowballs Love for snow In the winter During their fun Awaits the night the Christmas Year has just begun Fun for everyone Until the day is done Now Christmas is back again! Khristian Reindeer run in the sky Everywhere they fly In the sky North Pole they live Deer can be magic Every year at Christmas time Each year they pull a sleigh Running in the sky! Kyle Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer Eats carrots and apples In a barn at the North Pole with Donner and Dasher and Santa Eats cookies and Eats and eats! Rudolph is awesome! Mya Santa Claus And reindeer fly at night Never mad at kids To pull Santa’s sleigh All over the world they fly Children are sleeping Leaving out stockings And hoping for St. Nick Under the tree they find presents Santa is awesome! Draven Winter is White Winter is white It is a beautiful sight As snow flake fall onto The ground it turns white When it is white Christmas Is here and Santa comes Filling stockings and giving Presents to children all Through the world When it is white Trinity Lanphear 6th Grade Mrs. Samuelson

Holiday Poem called: Snow friends I made myself a snow friend as perfect as can be, I’m wishing she would be my BFF and let her stay with me. I’d make us matching outfits and fluffy slipper too. I decided to make it extra special and included a comfy bed for two. When I woke I discovered she has melted away, she still is the best BFF t have had to this day. I think of her on every snowy day. There are friends like snow friends. Cassidy

Where I Would Like to Spend the Holidays Clatter you can hear the reindeer’s I would like to be with my family paws the and at my grandma’s house. I Leader of the reindeer’s name is would like to spend my time Rudolph the others used to Coming in the living room leaving talking and getting along with Avoid him. They called him names magic my family. I would look out such as Laughter and all the presents you the window and drink my hot Ugly and and cocoa, and watch the snow fall. Stupid but once Santa asked him to All your friends can dream Sometimes I get my snow stuff on, lead his sleigh they were nice and Unsure what kind of presents I will like my hat, my gloves, my snow they praised him! get pants, my coat, and go play in the Dawn Santa disappears into the dark snow. I like to make a snowman night! or a snow angel. But most of all, I Jessica have fun!! Allison Williamson

Above: Madison Ecker, 6th Grade, Beartooth Elementary Right: Isabella Gehrke, 2nd Grade, Bench Elementary

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5th Grade Miss Schaff

Dear Gazette, My favorite holiday is Christmas because I like to open presents, and I like to give my friends and family nice gifts. I like to drink egg nog for Christmas, and we like to dance to music. A very special person my dad, Michael was born on Christmas, so he gets more presents. The things that we usually eat on Christmas are stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and fruit salad. I love Christmas dinner. Sincerly, Victoria L. Krank My Holiday Traditions My family and I are always together on holidays. We always have a big dinner and say that we are thankful. We pray before we eat. I love being with my family. We fill a hat with all of our names, then pick to see who we will buy Christmas presents for. Destinee Davis

Big Sky Elementary 2nd Grade Mrs. Nafts

Christmas Santa creeping down the chimney Cookies in the oven Santa saying ho,ho,ho Hot chocolate warming me up Playing with my new toys Christmas Randi Christmas Lights lighting bright Gingerbread on the table Bells on Santa’s sleigh Red and white candy canes Putting Christmas ornaments on the tree Christmas Dalvay Christmas Presents under the tree Brownies in the oven Footprints in the snow Crunchy hash browns Unwrapping presents Christmas Jace Christmas Cookies and milk on the table Hot chocolate with marshmallows Crackling fire in the fireplace Crisp clean snow Pine needles brushing my hand Christmas Dazzy Christmas Bells on Santa’s sled Hot chocolate in a mug Santa on his sled saying ho, ho, ho Candy canes red and white Unwrapping presents Christmas Chasity Christmas Snow falling from the sky Cookies baking Santa going ho, ho, ho Hot chocolate in my belly Unwrapping Christmas presents Christmas Bryson Christmas Reindeer flying Brownies in the oven Bells by the street Blue frosting cookies Unwrapping the new toys Christmas Trent

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Christmas Reindeer on the roof Fire burning in the fireplace Footprints in the snow Yummy gingerbread Playing with toys on Christmas Christmas Chance Christmas Christmas lights on streets Hot chocolate with marshmallows in a mug Santa’s footsteps down the hallway Candy canes on the table Opening presents Christmas morning Christmas Hunter Christmas Footprints in the snow Fire burning in the fireplace Footprints creeping down the stairs Yummy gingerbread Pine needles brushing my hand Christmas Abby Christmas Santa creeping down the stairs Fire in the fireplace Footprints coming through the snow Red and white candy canes Bright red gifts under the tree Christmas Taylor

Lacie, 1st Grade, Orchard Elementary

Christmas Presents under the tree Vanilla candles burning in my house Christmas music on the radio Red and white candy canes Unwrapping my presents Christmas Apollo Christmas Puppies dressed as reindeer Cookies in the oven Reindeer on the roof Juicy brown turkey Pine needles brushing against my hand Christmas Lacee Christmas Stocking hung from the fireplace Hot chocolate with marshmallows in a mug Gingerbread cracking Yummy gingerbread and cold milk Pine needles brush my hand Christmas Conner Christmas Reindeer on the roof Cookies baking in the oven Santa saying ho, ho, ho Candy canes red and white Putting ornaments on the tree Christmas Allie Christmas Santa in his big red suit Cookies baking in the oven Footprints in the snow Gingerbread on your plate Unwrapping presents on Christmas Christmas Ella Christmas Stockings hanging on the fireplace Gingerbread houses on the table Reindeer on the roof Candy canes on the tree Playing with new toys Christmas James Christmas Snow falling from the sky Fire burning in the fireplace Carolers singing with their bells Candy canes red and white Pine needles brushing my hand Christmas Jett Christmas A tree all lit up Cookies baking in the oven Singing in church Cake and ice cream on my birthday Toys under the Christmas tree Christmas Nicole

Emma Harrison, Kindergarten, Beartooth Elementary

Christmas Gold and silver jingle bells Sugar cookies smell so good Christmas carols are fun to hear Yummy candy cane White cold snow Christmas Alexis

2nd Grade Mrs. Schulze

Christmas Big, green trees White, cold snow Snowman’s smiling Marveling, cold snow Your cuddly, warm bed Christmas Jaxon Christmas Decorated Christmas trees Fresh cookies Kids playing Yummy cookies Funny toys Christmas Zachary Christmas Sparkling snowflakes in the sky Delicious warm milk Opening Christmas presents Delicious chocolate cookies Awesome Christmas toys Christmas Jorie Christmas Christmas cookies Hot chocolate Happy families Gingerbread men The white snow Christmas Delani

Christmas Stockings on the walls Nice warm hot chocolate Happy families Yummy gingerbread men White icicles Christmas Ella Christmas Snowball fights Christmas tree Happy families Yummy chocolate chip cookies Freezing snow Christmas Cole Christmas Snowball fights Hot cocoa and hot baked cookies Rip of a presents Hot peppermint tea Decorated Christmas trees Christmas Maddelyn Christmas Big blue presents Nice, warm hot chocolate Friends laughing Yummy rainbow candy canes White snow Christmas Jude

Christmas Gold jingle bells Green trees Christmas jingle bells Cinnamon cookies White snow Christmas Tyler

Christmas Wrapped presents Fresh cookies Red talking and singing Christmas lights Delicious peppermint candy canes Cold snow Christmas Ethen

Christmas Colorful stockings Cold, white snow Crispy, white snow Hot apple cider Hot cookies Christmas Anna

Christmas Green Christmas trees and stockings hanging Tasty fresh cookies for Santa Claus The ripping sound of the presents Hot, tasty apple pie Hot, steaming hot chocolate with marshmallows Christmas Hunter Christmas Green Christmas trees Milk and cookies for Santa Ripping present paper Steaming hot chocolate Christmas toys Christmas Tarin Christmas Bells at the stores Sugar cookies Opening presents Delicious Christmas cookies Cold snow Christmas Saibryn Christmas Stockings hanging on the walls A Christmas feast Christmas carolers Chocolaty hot chocolate Sparkly snow globes Christmas Rachel Christmas Presents, trees, cookies and Santa Apple juice and corn hamburgers Music and bells Candy canes and turkey Trees Christmas Austin

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Monday, December 24, 2012 2nd Grade Miss Kunnemann

Halloween Ghost costume Candy getting eaten Ghost going Boo Boo! Candy popping Your costume Halloween Kiana Hungerford-Ciervo Christmas Christmas trees Cookies baking in the oven Ripping presents Delicious dinner Presents Christmas Lindsay Collis

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Christmas A beautiful Christmas tree The warm cookies my mom will make for Santa The jingle of the shining jingle bells The Christmas dinner The ornaments for the Christmas tree Christmas Chloe Jurovich Easter Eggs getting shook Raw eggs Kids laughing Red candy Kids eating Colorful eggs Easter Lane Slovek

Thanksgiving Chicken roasting Grapes sitting on the table Your chicken boiling outside Taste chicken in your mouth Bone on the back of your chicken Thanksgiving Tyler Bruursema

Thanksgiving Children laughing Warm turkey on the stove Saying thanks Buttery corn smashing in your mouth Hot chicken in my hands Thanksgiving Morgan Dinardi

Christmas Presents under the tree Eggs for breakfast Santa laughing Ho-Ho-Ho A feast for dinner Presents from Santa Christmas Emerie Schmidt

Christmas Christmas trees A Christmas dinner Jingle bells Apple pie Nice Christmas presents Christmas Carter Kiser

Christmas Santa giving presents Chocolate chip cookies baking Toys talking Delicious chocolate from Santa Your presents Christmas Dalcee Poor

Christmas A Christmas tree A Christmas cookie A sleigh bell A chocolate chip cookie A Christmas present Christmas Ashton Goerl

Halloween Bats are in the air Pumpkin pie is in my house People are very scared Pumpkin seeds are very good Mom and dad are coming Halloween Maya Thomas

Easter Eggs Eggs boiling in water Kids laughing Dinner Eggs on the ground Easter Alex Martinez

Easter Candy in a basket Eggs for breakfast My brother waking up Bacon in my mouth A fork in my hands Easter Gannon McGarrah

Easter Decorated eggs Wet grass Footsteps Iced water Regular eggs that you decorate Easter Ethan Lester

Valentine’s Day Valentines getting given Delicious chocolate Fun people laughing Yummy chocolate Heart shaped valentines Valentine’s Day Gabe Malek

Christmas Santa in boots Cookies with frosting on them Popcorn popping in the oven Sweet chocolate chips Presents with wrapping paper on them Christmas Emma Walton

Max Studer, 3rd Grade, St. Francis Intermediate

Christmas Presents under the tree Sweet sugar cookies Presents dropping down I taste cookies I feel presents Christmas Eli Spotted Elk

3rd Grade Miss Douglas

Frosty the snowman snow carot rocks. He talks and he moves. He his nice he his funny. Karsen Patelis Hot mug Chocolate It burns your lips Marshmallows melting in the mug Bubbly Grace Schlosser

Easter Eggs outside Eggs cooking Eggs falling Hard-boiled eggs Easter basket Easter Amelio BlackHorse

Turkey Patatoes and gravy Thanksgiving is nice and pretty Pumpkin Indians Gryphon Mulkey Turkey Brown, warm, juicy Eating beetles, flapping The turkey is a squishy food Yummy Andres Romerez Hanging Decoration Putting up ornaments Onaments feels like light metal bulbs Dangle Clark Ashmore Dinner Gravy and pilgrams Thankfull, stuffing, talking Exiting, fun, tired, stuffed, thankfull Dinner Nayana Sah Green Grinch Mr. Mean Grinch Stealing Christmas at night Mean and loveble, devil, sad Mean Grinch Bradley Wagner Cookies Tasty, yummy Peanut butter, cookies Cookies, milk, egg nog, softy, crumy Cookie Kevin Brown Give Thanks Happy for stuff Care for what you have A dog is thankful for his bark Thankful Thomas Rupsis Giving Celebration Lots of games and turkey Happy, exited and good Pillgrams Ethan Malmstrom

Above: George Berube, Kindergarten, St. Francis Primary

Santa Squishy Santa Delivering presents Santa Claus is fun and playful Saint Nick Erica Eskro

Right: Keegan, 4th Grade, Arrowhead Elementary

Toy chest Presents and gifts Opening presents play Happynes greathes surprise Figure Calvin Jones

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Cold milk White, milk, yummy Swishes, jiggles, liquid Wet, good, tasty, yummy Milk gug Brandon Hink Rudolph Red nose reindeer Roning, leping, fling Shiny glisning spacling Reindeer Ali Keith Pie crust Squishy pumkin Eating up by humans Pumkin pie crust so good Crust September Gorder Candles Hot to touch it There are 7 candles now Oily, hot, happy, excited, good Squishy Neva Grewell Family Loveable, nice Play, fun, cook, helps, buy, talk Happy, appreciated, good Family Hailey Coey Joyful Feeling giggley Fun time running around Feeling joyful and giggley Kaitlyn McFadzen Presents Wrapping paper Open in the morning Suprised, happy, excited, fun Presents Brady Spaeny Party Celebration Laughing, jumping and good Happy, excited, good, tired Soiree Emma Lensing Christmas Holiday time Decorating, baking Excited, happy, suprised, loving Christmas Leah Sayer Cold snow Slippery Snowball ice war Goosebumbs, shivering, icicle White snow Nathan Burleson

4th Grade Mrs. Anderson

My Family Tradition On Christmas Eve, we go and look at lights, and then we come home and open one present. In the morning we open more presents. Then we have breakfast. Then we get ready to go to church. That is our Christmas. Hannah Nichols


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Canyon Creek Elementary 1st Grade Miss Super

Turkey Go to Walmart and buy a turkey for $50. Cook it. Turn on the oven. Add oil to make it juicer. Cook it for 1 hour. It makes a little beeping sound when it’s done. Take it out. Cut it then eat it. Ari Keeler Pretzel Dessert First you have jello, you make it. My mom has little packs with powder with other stuff because she has a recipe book. She digs her hands in the pretzels and adds them. Then she makes more jello. She puts some pretzels on top and then that’s how you make a dessert called pretzel dessert. Presley Woodard

Tytus Bjornsen, 6th Grade Trinity Lutheran School

Turkey First you go to Walmart. Then you cook it. After you cook it then you use this thing to see how hot it is so it doesn’t burn your mouth. Add salt and pepper, just a pinch. Then you eat it. Holden Shellnutt Pumpkin Pie Take a pumpkin and cut it up. Stick it together with butter. Then put it in the oven for 5 minutes. Then you eat it. Owen Edwards

Dane Brown, Kindergarten St. Francis Primary

Ice Cream Go to the Market Basket and let it melt for a while because it’s really frozen. Then we get some silverware and a spoon and put stuff on it like Hershey’s chocolates. Then we eat it. Neleh Bergstrom Stuffing Wash your hands. Then get the stuff out that you need to use to do it. You know, mixers and oil and lots of food stuff. Then put one and a half onions in it. Put a little bit of meat and then a little bit of oil. Stir it with a wixer or a mix. Warm it up in the microwave or in the oven for 30 minutes to 1 hour. When it’s light brown or yellow, it’s done. Let it cool and then eat it. Cooper Koffler

Above: Jeremy Varilek, Kindergarten, St. Francis Primary Right: Mia Ricci, Kindergarten, wSt. Francis Primary

Mashed Potatoes Get a potato then smash it up. Then cook the potato and put it on a plate. Then put some white or brown gravy on it. Then you eat it. Gregory Fitzpatrick Potatoes Buy 5 or 6 potatoes at Costco for $5 or $20. Go home and cook them. You have to put them in the oven for 35-20 minutes. The oven will make a beep sound and say end. Put butter on them and then eat. Kayden Soucy Pizza We order it from Pizza Hut. You have to buy it but my mom buys it without even telling us. But, you get peppermints and we eat them right when we get in the car. Get in the car and buckle up and go home. The kinds we get is that salad kind and Canadian bacon with pineapple on it. Open up the boxes and eat both kinds. Bryson Powers Turkey Get the turkey at Walmart. We put stuffing in it. We cook the turkey in the oven at 20 degrees for 30 minutes. Then we eat it after we check it. Kinley Meier Pumpkin Pie Make the dough. Then add pumpkins, squash them. Then cook it for 16 minutes. Then put frosting on the top and eat it. Wyatt Striefel Cooked Eggs Buy them at Walmart and bring them home and unpack them. Put them in the oven for 3 hours. Add a little water to them. Put them on a plate when you think they’re done. Add a little salt. Michael Sparks Ham Go get ham from the store Costco. Cook it with salt for 5 hours in the oven. It should be pink when it’s done. Then you eat it. Trevor Walter Pumpkin Pie Put some pumpkins and put some stuff on it. My mom makes it with recipes. Put some round stuff on top then some white frosting on it. Cook it for 1 or 5 or 65 minutes. When it beeps it’s done. Sophie Parpart

it is Jesus’s birthday and he gave us all life. You can actually feel the love in the air. Being surrounded in smiling happy faces makes me so happy. I receive and give presents covered in wrapping paper with matching bows. I love Christmas because of many things, but mostly family. During Christmas I Chicken drink cocoa, see family, and play Maybe put a little bit of oil in a fun games like “Find the Pickle.” pan. Then maybe put like spices. Find the Pickle is a fun game Maybe put some more oil. Spin played once every Christmas day it around with a spoon then where my stepdad hides a pickle microwave it for 20 minutes. ornament on the tree. Whoever Maybe put more spices on it. finds the pickle gets a big chocolate Saphora Brown Santa. I love Christmas and everything Strawberry Juice Put strawberries in a blender. Then about it. I enjoy Christmas you just like mix it up and put it in because I get to see family and the blender again. When you see a we appreciate each other. To me little bit of red it’s turned into juice. Christmas is about loving family not presents. People need know Montgomery Klein family should not be loved because they gave a present to me. Family is a present. 5th Grade Carsyn Campbell Mr. Dyba Stuffing Put hot water then put stuff in then wait for a little bit then it cooks. It’s really good. I love stuffing. Cook it for a couple of minutes. When it turns a little brown it’s done. Payton Mantei

South Dakota Christmas My favorite holiday is Christmas. Busy Christmas Every Christmas I get to see most I adore the Christmas season. I of my family in South Dakota. After enjoy Christmas because family Thanksgiving we set up a beautiful, comes from far- away places to glowing tree and we always eat a see me. I cherish putting up the great meal. Each year I can hardly Christmas tree. The illuminated wait to see my family in South tree shines brightly with colors of Dakota. Christmas is the finest time blue, green, white, orange, and of year! pink. I like to spend time in South I spend Christmas in many Dakota for many reasons. My places. I start in Billings with my grandmother sets up a different mom and stepdad, then to Red decorated Christmas tree each year. Lodge to pack for our trip south. The rainbow wrapped presents Then, to the airport we go. I am fill my family with joy. The food greeted in Tennessee by my Aunt tastes excellent and smells fantastic. Mona. We then travel to Mississippi I treasure Christmas in South to see my grandparents. It is a long Dakota. journey but, I am ecstatic to see my I spend time with most of family no matter how long it takes. my family during Christmas. I spend Christmas with my fun My generous and loving loving cousins, a goofball stepdad, uncles and aunts sing and play funny grandparents, lecturing but games with us. My caring and fun parents, and a chatty blonde compassionate grandparents hug sister. I also spend time with and kiss me every chance they Jesus. I ask him to help us land get. My warmhearted and loving safely. No matter what size or grandparents help us open our personality, I love them for coming. presents. My annoying sister and I appreciate Christmas because cousin always pretend to be kitties.

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Sometimes my family exasperates me, but I still love them. We only go to South Dakota every other year. We go to South Dakota when snow is on the ground and a chill is in the air. We go when most of the animals have settled down for the winter. We kwon Christmas is coming when my grandmother starts to make hundreds of cookies for everyone in my family. This delightful holiday makes me feel joyful. We go to the city of Spearfish. The five hour trip is worth it because of the great deal of fun when we get there. I am grateful for the time I spend in South Dakota. My grandma always has cookies waiting for us. I am fond of spending time in South Dakota. I look forward to spending time in Spearfish. I love to celebrate Jesus’s birthday with my family. I do not have the opportunity to see my family in South Dakota often. I am grateful for the time I get to see my family during Christmas. I adore and cherish Christmastime. Madison Molm

6th Grade Erin McGillvray

The holidays mean many things to me. Christmas and Thanksgiving mean spending time with family and friends. Christmas means worshiping the day Christ was born. Thanksgiving means that we should give thanks for all the things we have and all the people who love us. I think the holidays are the time people love most. The holidays are the best times of the year for me. I can’t wait for them to come around. Kaitlyn Harper My Holiday Poem Christmas milk and cookies for all to eat. Here comes Santa with presents for us. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer leaders Santa’s sleigh.

I hope I see Santa’s sleigh. Sounds like Christmas has come. Today is Christmas Eve. May he bring gifts for all. All of the ornaments are on the tree. Santa is here. Hooray! Marissa Nunberg My Holiday On Christmas day, my brother and I race into my parents’ bedroom. After everyone is in the living room, we wake up the dog and let him inside. First, we open up Rocky’s presents and let him enjoy his presents. Then, Jackson and I open the presents with my parents. Another tradition we have is my dad makes yummy Christmas breakfast for the family to eat together. I love spending time with my family. Melissa Nunberg Christmas carolers sing through the streets Holly jolly times are everywhere Really beautiful trees and lights on trees inside and outside Igloos, snow forts, and snowmen in almost every yard on every street Snowball fights in a lot of places, you better watch out Time to have lots of fun Many gifts being sent from place to place A lot of presents under trees and in stocking Santa is coming to your house soon, be good Rylee Anderson My Holiday Tradition My holiday tradition for Christmas is we always make dessert the night before and when we wake up the first thing we do is empty out our stockings and open one present of our choice and when we start to make lunch and dinner for lunch we usually just snack so we do not get full before we have our big Christmas dinner and after we eat dinner we have dessert then open presents. Slade Collier


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Caring for other people and letting their wishes come true Having the best time of your life when the holiday comes Roasting whatever you want It will make you feel the spirit of Christmas Staying with your family and having a blast Taking time with helping your family and set up the Christmas tree Making people laugh when you do something funny Always loving your family Starting to make a good time with your family Casey Herman I have lots of holiday traditions. Almost every Thanksgiving and Christmas my mom, dad, brother, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents get together to celebrate the holidays. Another tradition is having big feasts and going to church. The best tradition is hunting over the holidays. Christmas traditions that my family has are opening one present on Christmas Eve and wearing pajamas Christmas Day. For the

past few years we’ve been in San Diego over Christmas. Conner Berg Celebrating your favorite holidays Having dreams about Santa on the roof Reading happy stories at the fireplace In the living room opening presents with everyone. Singing at people’s door steps Time ticking on the clock waiting for Christmas to come Means spending time with all your loved ones who came to see you All the presents under the tree waiting to be opened by everyone Stockings over the fire stuffed to the max by Santa Desiree Jones Scott

Telling Christmas stories to young children Making others laugh and get in the holiday spirit Acting as if there is no other place you would rather be Showing you care about the people you are with Emily Johnson Holidays Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, a wonderful day of living Turkey and pie, I do not lie, a wonderful day of living Turkeys beware, no one will care, when you are on the table Friends and family, come together happily, and laugh merrily Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving, a wonderful day of living And Christmas, Oh Christmas, I won’t neglect to mention thee Everyone gathers around their tree With caroling and singing, the Christmas bells ringing On this wonderful day. Erik Hovland

Caring and celebrating the birth of Christ Having friends close and family closer Revisiting old family traditions and enjoying thoughtful gifts Interacting and enjoying being with Celebrate the most joyful time of family the year. Smiling just for the fun of it and Have fun watching the smiling going with the flow

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children. Run away from the snowballs! I have to say… Santa’s coming to town! Time for a ham dinner with family. My, my. What a beautiful day! All year I’ve been good… So please bring me some CHRISTMAS cheer! Faith Reinhardt With the ham on the table, and the presents under the tree, the holidays mean a lot to me. After a delightful feast, we go to see the lights around. The neighborhoods all dressed up in red, silver, and green. When we get back we go to best hoping to hear the pat, pat, pat, of Santa’s reindeer on the roof. “I’ve been a good child this year. Please bring me some Christmas cheer!” Faith Reinhardt Holiday traditions during Thanksgiving are a family football game for an hour, family time and even a feast. On Thanksgiving, my cousins, brother, dad, and I all go outside before the pre meal and we

all play a game of football for an hour or two and then we go inside and eat snacks. Then we spend an hour with our cousins and brothers. That night, we all go eat a wonderfully cooked Thanksgiving feast. Hulan Edwards Caring for your family with the time they are there Having fun and enjoying the time Roasting breathtaking food for holidays It will make you feels how grand it is Stay with them as long as you can Talking to your family to get a huge conversation started Making your family laugh Always know that every year you will have fun Starting to realize that when the holidays come you love them for your family Jessica Ostwalt


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Santa is very nice At the North Pole Nobby or nice The list is checkt twice A very nice guy. Kai, 2nd Grade A holiday tradition we have is putting cande canes on the Chritmas tree. Morgan, 1st Grade I want a gitar for Christmas. Teven, 1st Grade Dear Santa, I want an ipod3, a puppy, lots of lipstick and chapstick. Abby, 2nd Grade A holiday tradition: Our tree has a star on top and balls on it, too. Jace, 1st Grade Suit is red, white and black. All the boys and girls are nice like Santa Naughty? The elves help him. Are you ready? Braeden, 2nd Grade I spend Christmas mostly at my grandma and grandpa’s house. My cousins are there, too. My favorite recipe is my Mom’s gingerbread cookie, because they are the best. We put up a tree and put ornaments on it. Christmas is also my birthday. Ramzie, 2nd Grade

My holiday tradition is to spend time with family and open all my gifts on Christmas Day. Gilean, 2nd Grade A holiday tradition is to open all our presents on Christmas Day. Aryannah, 1st Grade Our holiday tradition is getting a Christmas tree. We have to climb hills to get the perfect tree. It is kind of hard because it is tiring. Sometimes we find hidden treasures in the snow. Grace, 2nd Grade A holiday tradition at our house is to decorate the tree with anjils and lites. Selah, 1st Grade Dear Santa, I would like a kitten, Brave, the movie, a vet game for the Wii and a horse. What Christmas means to me is joy and building a snowman. Brianna, 2nd Grade On our tree we put an ornimint up for our dog who passed away. My mom buys egg nog. We put candy canes on our tree. Kelcey, 2nd Grade What Christmas means to me… PRESENTS! Dear Santa, I want a BB gun made in the U.S.A., $25.00 and an ipod Touch. My mom puts up garlands and lights. Brayden, 2nd Grade Dear Santa, I want a new cowgirl rope, some new cowgirl boots and an ipod. Aubrey, 2nd Grade

St. Francis Intermediate 3rd Grade Mrs. Larson

My holiday trdishon is we alwas haf to open up all our presents on crismis and sometimes we go to our frends house. Last year we went to our ants and unkols house. We spent the hole tow weks at thar house. Then we went to our kusens house and spent a week their. We mist a lot of school. Wen we got back I had like 20 or 30 peses of paper to do at home that is wat we do for krismis. Bryan Mullholland 4th Grade Mrs. Mydland

Dear Billings Gazette, My Holiday traditions are; we watch “It’s Christmas Charlie Brown” and we get our Charlie Brown mugs and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows. We also open one present from family on Christmas Eve. We make my Mom’s secret recipe for cookies. When it’s time for bed we wait for Santa. Happy Holidays, Haley J. I would like to go to New York and I would like to go to Washington D.C. and California and Florida (Not in one year) and Texas! McKeever D.

Christmas traditions: I hang my stocking up. Decorate my tree by putting candy canes in my tree. I want some pajamas for Christmas. Arwynn, 1st Grade

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Where I would like to spend the holidays I would like to spend my holidays at my house or my nanas or gramas, because we just always do that. We always find the pickle in the Christmas tree and have a big Easter egg hunt. We have a really good time! MaKaya L. I’d like to go to the North Pole so I could go see Santa and the elves. I’d like to see how they make the toys and all the candy. And I’d like to see the raindeer and the slay. And I’d like to see how the rain deer fly. Will T. I would like to spend my Christmas Holidays at my house. On Christmas Eve I go to my Grandma and Grandpa’s house. One Christmas my Grandma, Uncle, and Aunt come over and we open presents. Kellan Carols Happiness Receive presents Incredible Spectacular Thrilling Merry Angels Special Kellan For this Christmas, I would like a x-box 360. A nice present from my great grandmother, and a nice Christmas dinner at my grandmas house! Ben Schaak Christ Happiness Recieve gifts Incredible Special Terrific Merry Awesome Spectacular Sydney Holiday Traditions Dear Billings Gazette, One of my favorite family traditions is my family cooks a big meal every holiday. And all my relatives come. And another family tradition is on Chistmas Eve. I open my presents from my mom, dad, grandpa, and grandma. Meghan S. Christ Happy Red and green Incredible Special Terrific Majestic Awesome Sensational Molly

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Christmas is almost here and I want to spend my favorite holiday in Panama. Panama is where my mom grew up. She always says it’s so lively. There is big parades. People throw canfety and baking flour so your all white. Plus it’s hot insted of cold. You get to stay up all night. You also get to see the city lights if you live in the country. I get to see my moms side of the family. I have so many cousins and aunts and unlces. I get to see my grandma and grandpa. Natalie Christmas is very nice! There is always a lot of ice! Presents are fun. But there is no sun. It’s the season to worship Christ. All of the food flavored and spiced. There is a lot of snow. People from Hawii say “whoa”. And that is the End Of the blizarding bend! Sean Dear Billings Gazette, What the holidays mean to my is I get to cook with my family like my Mom, Dad, Gradmas and Gradpa, Graet aunts. I love to spend time with my family on Christmas cooking and cleaning, rapping presents, poting decorashons on the tree. I like to spend time with evre one at Christmas. Mollie I would like to spend my hlidays at my Grandma’s house, cause she is an awesome cook! She is very nice too! She has a ton of pop-cycles too. She wakes up super early so she can make us breakfast! The End. Marcus Carols Holiday Ring Ice Snow Tall Snow Merry Christmas Apple pie Santa Logan Christmas Wreath Treats: First you take Rice Krispys and butter a little bit of sugar make them into a circle get green food coloring and then get red hots. Put them in the oven for 20 minutes. Let them out. Let them cool and put a little bit of sugar on it. And then eat them. There you have a Christmas wreath. Put a little bit of gree sugar on cookies. Each them up by the fireplace. Have some egg nog and relax! Reese

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Olivia Kusek, 5th Grade, Trinity Lutheran School

Jacob Wassmer, 4th Grade, Arrowhead Elementary

Alyssa, 1st Grade, Orchard Elementary

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Holiday Spirit My family eats sugar cookies. We love chili. We always have hot cocoa while our parents drink coffee. We watch movies while we put the ornaments up. My dad Family’s Favorite Traditions puts up the tree. We put a star My family’s favorite food on 2nd Grade on the top of the tree. We go to Christmas day are cookies. We Mrs. McCoy church on Christmas Eve. I have have pancakes on Christmas Day. We go to my papa’s house and have a scene of Jesus’ birth! My mom My Family’s Christmas burgers. Some presents we open at puts decorations by the stairs. I put Traditions my papa’s house. We open presents decorations in my room! When my family gets a tree, we Grace Schallenberger after church. We read a Christmas go to Red Lodge. Our tree is real story after we open our presents. I every year. We put lights on it and My Family’s Traditions always pray to God on Christmas we put an angel on it. We even put We always put up colorful lights on day and every day and every day. candy canes on it too. My dad puts the tree. We always put a star. We Juliana Wagner up the tree every year. My family have a fake tree. My brother and eats cinnamon rolls for breakfast I put up the ornaments. My mom Christmas Traditions What we do at Christmas every year and we drink milk. put up the Christmas tree this year. I have a real tree. My dad puts Each person gets to put their own When we celebrate Jesus’ birth, we We put up our outside lights after it up. We have colorful lights at ornaments on the tree. We eat light the four Advent candles. We Thanksgiving. We put up wreaths, my house. This Christmas we are cookies and decorate eggs. We put presents in shoeboxes at our too. We put up our Nativity sets. going to Great Falls. We will make Christmas pancakes and chocolate. church. I’m in my children’s choir. gingerbread men and eat fruit salad We have Jesus ornaments. We go to Yummmmm! The youngest get We go to church on Christmas church, too. there. I like Christmas because to go first to open presents. We Eve. Of all I just said, Jesus is the Karlie Blomberg Jesus is born! draw names for the presents. We most important thing to me at Benita Seiffert always have a play about Jesus. The Christmas. What I do at Christmas youngest in our family gets to be Ela Bloyder First we eat my grandma’s food. Jesus. We always put the star, angel What we do for Christmas Then, we would open presents. We put up a train and it goes or Jesus up on our tree. Christmas Traditions The little kids get to open presents around our Christmas tree. We put Joey Reinstma On Christmas Eve, we have sugar lights up in the outside tree that is first. Then, the big kids get to cookies, hot cocoa, pancakes and a open presents. We put up the real. My favorite decorations are Christmas Traditions fun drink. We put up Baby Jesus decorations. the candy canes that light up in our tree. We decorate it with red On our tree, we have our angel lights. We make a decoration front yard. I like to put a wreath We put up Christmas lights and first. We also have lights outside. every Christmas and we get to on our door. I like to make pie for stockings. My mom makes peanut At night, we do our Nativity, then brittle. We have cookies and we eat dessert and cake. We make mashed hang it on the Christmas tree. It is we have a play about Jesus. We fun at Christmas because we are potatoes and gravy. We also make certain foods. First, we open our love Jesus! celebrating Jesus’ birth. We love eggs. We read the Bible before we stockings. I go and pick a present Truman Tanner open presents. We sing songs about Christmas, we do. and then my sister goes and picks Rebecca Judson Jesus. Christmas is Jesus’ birth. the same size present. We have Fun Christmas Traditions Peyton Anderson We open our presents after church. colorful lights and a real tree. We Things I Usually Do have glass ornaments. We take turns opening them. My sister and I usually do the How we Celebrate Christmas Paeton Milliken Sometimes we open our presents Christmas is a very good holiday. I ornaments because we like to do on Christmas and on Christmas them. Sometimes we try to put have my own tree. We have a fake My Family Christmas Eve. Sometimes we are not at up the tree all by ourselves, but tree. We have pink and silver bulbs Traditions home. We go to our grandparents. it doesn’t work out so well. Dad only. My dad and mom and I set My dad puts the tree up every year. For our tree my mom always puts always gets the tree up well. My the tree up. I make gingerbread it up. My brother and I always have I make my own ornaments. I have mom likes to bake. She bakes men. We have ham, too. We have a fake tree. We have colorful lights. our portraits hung up. Our tree is cookie, cakes and lots of yummy hot chocolate and some sort of in the living room and has a star on Under our tree we have Jesus’ birth stuff. My mom also likes to serve pie. This year we drew names for top. We also own a Nativity scene. in the Nativity Scene. presents. I always put up a Nativity us. The thing that I like is Jesus’ We pray before we eat yummy Kyralee Jinguji birth because I love the Lord, my Scene and it shows Mary, Jesus, food. We do this in Jesus’ name. God. Merry Christmas! and Joseph. I think we should eat chili. My Abi Stevens Madison Staley family gets presents on Christmas. The most special ones go in our stockings. We get presents by our Christmas Traditions In our family we open gifts after we eat food. I always get Legos. My sister and I get video games. When we put up the tree, we put up the angel decorations on top first. We put up sparkly string and lights. On Christmas we eat chicken and sometimes pudding. We make cookies, too. 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tree, too. We get an even more special present than that. . . .Jesus! Christmas is His birthday! Jade Yeager

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Traditions of Christmas At my dad’s house our tree is fake. We have all sorts of ornaments. We have a star for our tree and we put it on top. The lights are very colorful. When we go to my Grandma’s house to open presents, we go youngest to oldest. Sometimes we open on present at a time. Before we open presents we say thank you. The reason we celebrate Christmas is because Jesus’ birth. Dawson Otis Our Christmas Traditions For presents, we go to my grandma’s and grandpa’s house to open presents. For food, well, we really don’t have the same food every year. For our tree, we always put it in the corner of our trees. We put white lights on our tree. We always put garland on our tree. We put an angel on top of our tree. To celebrate Jesus’ birth, we go to church on Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas! Christopher Garcia My Family Traditions First my dad puts up the tree. Next we go buy ornaments. Then dad lets us pick our own ornaments. After that we put on white lights for our tree. First we put up a baby Jesus decoration. Then we put up a wreath. After that we put up a cloth with baby Jesus on our table. Last we put up our stockings with our names. My birthday is on the same day Jesus was born! Kelsey Belcourt My Christmas Tradition We read the Bible two times. I have a wreath on my tree and I have a fake tree. I have soup and I have chili. I make cookies for Jesus. We spend time with my family and friends. Chase Niebeling


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Erica Eskro, 3rd Grade, Big Sky Elementary

My Family Traditions Every year we have a real tree. We have a cloth under the tree. We also have angels that we can chose for on top of the tree. We always put white lights on the tree. We put on different kinds of ornaments. On Christmas Day we open presents at our house. We open presents at our grandma’s when it is Christmas Eve. We take turns to open presents. To celebrate Jesus birth we dress good for church. We always put up our Nativity Scene with Baby Jesus in it. Jesus was born on Christmas. Daniel Besel Christmas Traditions Christmas is Jesus’ birthday because He was born that night. We put ornaments on the tree and lights. It is my favorite. We are thankful for our food and we usually have pizza. Last, we go to friends’ houses. We take turns going to each other’s homes. Marishka Henschel Holiday Traditions Every year we cut down a real tree. We put a star at the top. We pray before we eat. We put a cross on our tree. My papa and I bake cookies. Sometimes we eat snow cones and maybe ice cream cones. We go to a family member’s home and I make paper crosses and maps. Ayden Edgerley

3rd Grade Mrs. Mlnarik

I love telling God’s word. I am going to teach you how. I hope you will like it! You will need a lot of strength and courage. You will need that for strange people. Remember every part is fun! 1st; You knock on their door. 2nd; say something like God love you! Or say Christ was born on Christmas! If they don’t answer try the next house. Last; try going all around your nieborhood. Try going to other nieborhoods not just your own. When you get home tell your family Christ’s story. I hope you have fun! Abigail Bernard Hi! My name is Anthony. I’m going to teach you how to decorate a Christmas tree. It’s easy. It’s fun. And awesome. You need a tree of course, lights, and ornaments. Then put fake branches on a pole. That’s not a very fun part. Oh! I almost forgot! You need a base. You need to put the pole in the base. I love the star. It reminds me of Jesus. I think it is beautiful. This last part is one of my favorites. Sit and edmire your tree. Anthony Meyer

Solomon Stortz, Kindergarten, St. Francis Primary

What you need is a small basket, some wraping tissue. Some candy and a nice bow. I’m going to teach you how to make a miny gift basket to surprise your friends and family. Follow the steps carfully and have fun! First set the candies in the basket. Second stuf it with wrapping tissue. Last stick the bow on the frount. Take the gift basket and give it to youre friend or family member. I’m sure they’ll love it! Emmalyn Aley

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Ashley M., 5th Grade, Trinity Lutheran School

I am going to show you how to make a snowball fight. Some people love snowball fights like me. Heres a tip use a sled to put snowballs on. First your going to need your materials. First you will need snow if it isn’t snowing try to make your own. Second get a sled to put snowballs on. Third get some friends who want to have a snowball fight. Then tell your friends to help build forts. Last fight! So I told you most of the stuff. So what you need to do is split the teams. Then fight! Garrett Simonson I’m going to tell you how to do a tree for Christmas. I love helping everyone. I also every Christmas do the tree topper. For Christmas you’ll need a tree not just any tree a green tree. Then a tree topper not just any tree topper a star one. Then the lights, ornaments, ribbons. First you’ll need a tree. Second the tree topper a star one. Third the lights, ornaments, and the love of Jesus. When I’m all done I’m going to eat cookies, drink eggnog and sit by the tree Melanie Tecca

I look forward to Christmas every year. Every year my family gets together for the special day. I wake up early and jump on my brother and go upstairs and all these presents but God gave us a gift… Jesus. Mariah Hanser

Christmas means sharing with others. Giving not getting. Learning God’s word. Spending time with your family. Helping others. Playing with your friends. And last but not least, celebrating Jesus’s birth. Ayden Richau

On Christmas morning my parents and I wake up and relax until my sisters get up. When I get up I’m happy because it’s Jesus’s birthday. Once my sisters wake up we dump our stockings and open some presents. During the day we relax and play with our new toys. Then on Christmas night we go to our grandma and grandpa’s house and open presents with our family. Kaitlyn Hensel

On Christmas Eve my family has pancakes for breakfast with blueberry and raspberry syrup. After we all make cookies, we go to church at 7:00 PM. My family decorates a month before Christmas. We decorate the tree and bushes in my front yard. Then we open presents, we go down stairs to our stockings and open out stocking presents. Then we go upstairs to open our tree and open our presents. Logan Sekora

Christmas means to me setting up the tree. Looking at our baby ornaments. Going to church, sharing love with our family and singing songs to God. Opening presents, seeing smiles on faces. Going on a Christmas treasure hunt. Spending time with family and friends. Tatum Linde

6th Grade Mr. Tom Kosche

Christmas time is here It’s the best time of the year Jesus was born in a manger He saves us from all danger Candy canes A couple days before Christmas I’m going to teach you how to get On the window panes we make fudge. We make it at my a Christmas tree in the snow. You Christmas lights will propably like it. Get ready now aunt’s house .We put candy cane Shining bright listen itll be fun. You will need these bits in it. On Christmas Eve we Oh yes I said it, it’s here open one present they are usually materials. An ax, a car, and some little ones. And we sometimes go to Why doesn’t everyone get up and warm clothes. With really warm cheer the church service. On Christmas clothes get in your car to go to the Christmas time is here Day we open all our presents. mountain. But then go to a forest. It’s the best time of the year! We also open our stockings. For Once your done go to your house Kori Hensel breakfast we have pancake, bacon, and put it in your living room. and eggs. Samuel McCoy Christmas Poem Mikayla McClintock Jingle Bells I’m going to teach you how to put garland on your tree. It is going to On Thanksgiving Day we decorate Singing People Candy Canes our house for Christmas. My be cool. We will need garland and Snow Falling a tree and ornaments for you to put sister and I get to decorate a tree. Christmas Tree up on your tree. We will start now. My mom gets her own tree to decorate, too. Every Christmas Eve Stars Shining Go slowly up if you go fast it will Polka Dots at bedtime we open up one small look sloppy. Then look at it with present. We make cookies a couple Families Gather pride in you will like it and other Celebration Time days before Christmas. We make people will like it. peanut brittle. It’s gone in a couple Bethlehem Town Seth Symanski of days. Every Christmas Eve we go Love Everywhere to a grown-up church service with Jesus Loves YOU!! lighted candles. Raeny Nichols Madyson Milliken 4th Grade Mrs. Heiliger

Christmas means being in the snow, playing Star Wars, making igloos, having time off school, gifts On Christmas Eve we go to the from family, friends and gifts from candle light service, hold up the man in red, eating a chocolate candles and listen to Christmas calendar. I hope to see a cat under songs. After that we go home, eat the tree this year! At Christmas dinner and open little presents. Jesus was born and family and After that we go into the living friends get together and sing praise room and read the Bible story. We decorate the tree while we listen. At to the Holy one who was born on the end we open the presents, then that day in a manger. Malachi Moore on Christmas Day we wake up at about 6:30, open presents and stay We wake up early and open our in our pajamas. presents and our family comes KayLeigh Belobraidic over. We eat breakfast together and relax. We try our toys to figure out I go to my grandma’s house with how they work. In the evening we my pjs on. She gives us bags with relax and hang out and try our toys some goodies. We have breakfast, get some presents out of the room. still. We have lunch and play and wait for our family to arrive. Our We open up our presents. Then open and play with our toys. Then family comes over and has dinner. We celebrate and watch T.V. and we have dinner. Then we set up have fun all day long. our baby Jesus. Mitchell Nichols Blake Bjornsen For Christmas we get a real tree, and we decorate the house and the tree. On Christmas Eve we go to church and we light candles and sing Christmas songs. At night we open one present and look at our last year’s Christmas pictures. We bake cookies and pour a glass of milk. We drink hot chocolate. Then our family comes and gives us a present. We eat cookies and drink milk. Abigail Cummins

We bake cookies, cakes, truffles, and Christmas dinner. We invite friends, family over for dinner, then we open some presents and stockings. On Christmas Day we open all the rest of our presents and have pancakes with shipped cream, strawberries, chocolate chips on top. Then at night we play a lot of games like Just Dance 3, Christmas hide and go seek, peanuts, cake game. Sierra Osse

Christmas Story (This is told as a 2 word Christmas story) Christmas Time No School Families Gather Grandparents Come Snowmen Smiling Glamorous Decorations Under Mistletoe Fire Crackling Stockings Hanging Window Shopping Hiding Gifts Wrapping Presents Beautiful Music People Singing Candy Canes Christmas Eve Kids Restless Christmas Morning Snow Falling Tree Glowing Lights Shining Ornaments Dangling Red Bows Tearing Paper Parents Grinning New Presents Huge Smiles Warm Hugs Toy Trying Great Food Delicious Cookies Stomachs Full Bedtime Comes Stars Twinkling Goodbye Christmas God’s Gift Kendall Barrie

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My Christmas Poem Christmas time is near. I can’t wait for the best time of the year. Don’t you worry, I will be jolly, When we deck the halls with bounds of holly. Joy to the world we will sing, Singing….. the most wonderful thing. That big old Christmas tree, Oh, how it fills me with glee! Christmas time is near, The most wonderful time of the year! Molly Lundby Holiday Christmas Snowflakes shining, Snowmen hats, People shovel, Singing rhymes, Shedding kindness, Thinking presents, Christ born, Decorations glow, Snow falling, Different designs, Always happy, Spreading Christ, Merry Christmas, Burning lights, Drinking eggnog, Animals walk, Pumpkin pie, Snowball fights, Forts made, Santa Claus, Family arrives, Greeting relatives, Christmas tree, Eating chili, Praying love, Get ready, Open presents, Shining firelight, Gather around, Christmas tales, Hot chocolate, Whipped cream, Happy birthday, One God, Now & forever, Amen. Sylvia Ambuehl Christmas Christmas is a time of joy, It only comes once a year, It’s my favorite time of cheer, Christmas cookies and lights a glow, Get into the Christmas spirit, And say ho-ho-ho, In the midst of all the holiday craziness, Lies the one reason that I celebrate, Jesus Christ, Christmas is a time to celebrate our savior’s birth, So this holiday season, Remember the one reason, What Christmas is all about, Remember Jesus! Tally Humphrey What Christmas Means To Me! As a Christian, Christmas means a lot to me. We should dedicate that time to our Savior Jesus Christ. And go to church with our friend and families. As we celebrate with others we need to realize the importance of Jesus, and how blessed we are. Well that’s what Christmas means to me. MERRY CHRISTMAS Y’ALL!!!!!!!! Anna Seymanski

What Christmas Means To Me Christmas is more than just presents and Santa. It’s about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. The gifts remind us of the greatest gift of all…Jesus the Messiah! Open up your eyes and think about the word Christmas. It has the word Christ in it. Christmas is also about family and friends coming together to celebrate Jesus’ birth. Christmas is important and should stay important. Emily Erger What Christmas really is. Jesus born. Gift giving. People singing. Frosted ground. Snow canvas. Twinkling stars. Wise men. Cheer everywhere. Great kindness. Peace, grace. Lighted candles. Hope, joy. Christmas trees. Lights everywhere. Magic in the air. Silver bells. Candy canes. Shepherds staff. Stripes, circles. Squares and, Polka dots too. Flickering fire. GOD LOVES YOU!!! Skylar Larson What I feel about Christmas The snow, it`s like a slap in the face. On Christmas morning when you open presents and get what your heart desires. But, Christmas isn`t about getting what you want. It`s about the Prince of Peace, Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ! He came into our world to be the servant of all, not to be served. Sadly, later this Jesus would die for our sins. And if you have faith in him you will be saved. Jacob Nielson What the holidays mean to me The holidays like Christmas means you can worship Jesus Christ on Christmas for on that day he slept in a manger on that night which was the night of his birth. On Christmas day when you open presents with family you could open anything and it might be the present you were hoping for. One day this dear Jesus would die for our sin and be put up on a cross on a hill. Ethan Waddingham Where I am going for Christmas This Christmas I am going to California to visit my sister.it is a really fun place. We will get to paddle board, fish, and sail. We will also play on the beach, and catch crabs at low tide.so that will be my Christmas in California. Johnny K.


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Marquel, 1st Grade, Orchard Elementary

Tian Rader, 6th Grade, Billings Educational Academy

Above: Bridget, 1st Grade, Orchard Elementary Right: Kirsten Dorendorf, 4th grade, Big Sky Elementary

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