FOR the pupils of Mayfield’s Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin, it’s a hopeful time — hoping for snow, hoping for presents, hoping your name is on the good list again this year.
On a recent visit to the school, children in second, third, and fifth classes told the Evening Echo all about their Christmas wishes.
“I really want a puppy,” revealed eight-year-old Robyn Walsh.
“There’s this dog called Squeaky and she only has three legs. Her owner lives next door and we help mind her. But I would like my own dog.”
Speaking of animals, Robyn also revealed she is playing the role of Donkey in this year’s school nativity play. Is she nervous about the part?
“I practice a lot. And I don’t get stage fright so no, I’m not nervous. I’ve been on stage before. I can’t remember what the play was called… but I’ve been on stage before.”
In addition to material possessions — video games and Lego feature prominently again this year — a number of wants and desires expressed by the Mayfield children were altruistic in nature.
Nine-year-old Katie Mullery, for example, has been helping her mother fill shoe boxes with gifts for people experiencing homelessness.
“We do it every year. It’s nice to do this because some people don’t really get presents,” she explained.
Ten-year-old Christine Mulligan Kelleher agrees.
“My Christmas wish is to let homeless people have homes. All homeless people, not just one. And that they have someone to care for them instead of having nobody to care for them. And that they get presents,” she said.
But, of course, your own stocking should not be neglected.
“For myself, I want a boxing bag and make-up and a Segway… and I would like it to snow because every time it snows my family has a get-together and we get to go out and play in the snow,” said Christine.
Kai Daniel Skillington, meanwhile, wants a new Nintendo DS — his old one is broken — while Katie O’Reilly wants a hoverboard.
“Sometimes my legs get sore and the hoverboard has a seat on it so I can sit down and my legs won’t get sore then.
“Nothing else, no surprises, just the hoverboard.”
Ava Daly wants a new dog, while Katie O’Reilly wants nothing more than for her own dog to have a safe delivery.
“I hope my dog is safe to have pups. She’s on the good list. Once my brother was on the bad list but Santa still came. He was being mean to me but he still got presents. I was annoyed. But he’s on the good list now. So am I.”
Olivia Grzymska’s puppy is definitely on the bad list this year, however, for eating shoes.
Tiana Hennessy’s fish is also on the bad list.
“I used to have two fish — Batman and Robin. We only have one now. They were fighting over food and then Robin pushed Batman into a shell in their tank and Batman died in the shell. And now Robin is on the bad list because he killed Batman. He’s not getting anything this Christmas,” explained Tiana.
While most of the children wished for snow, ten-year-old Aaron Gahan couldn’t think of a worse fate.
“I don’t want it to snow because if it snows and it’s a school day we might not have school and I don’t want to miss a day because I like school.”
Adeline Nukhova loves the snow, however. She sees it sometimes visiting family in Lithuania.
“My dad’s from Russia and my mom’s from Lithuania so I go visit Russia and Lithuania every year,” she said.
“My favourite thing about Christmas is spending time with my family. Every year we have a concert. I play the piano, ukulele and guitar and my cousin plays guitar and piano and my other cousin plays piano, violin and ukulele. Some people sing.”
Both Tyrone Power, George and Olivia Grzymska are also having international shindigs this yuletide.
“Last year and this year for Christmas we invite 30 to 40 people into our house and we have a big party and it’s really fun,” said Tyrone.
“One of my parents is from Nigeria and one is from Ireland. I’ve never been to Africa though. I’d like to go see my Nan. I’ve never met her before. She lives in Nigeria.”
Olivia, meanwhile, has Polish family visiting this year.
“I was born here but I’ve been to Poland. My parents are both Polish. My granny is coming to stay for a year because they’re fixing her house in Poland,” she said.
“On Christmas, we’re gonna wake up, get dressed, eat lunch, and there’s like 12 special things that you eat and you at least have to try one spoon of everything.” Whatever the wish, whatever the desire, all the children at Scoil Mhuire agus Eoin remain hopeful that Santa will deliver once again this year.
Ava Daly thinks she has the inside track — Santa called her on the phone only the other day she said — but Kai Daniel Skillington could also be in the running.
Apparently, he knows Santa has a taste for oranges.
“We leave milk and cookies out for Santa every year. He likes them. But once he went into my house and he took an orange from the fridge. There were footprints. So I think he likes oranges best.”