Students Share Christmas Memories
Philippova from Russia
December 30, at night, we began a
remodeling in the kitchen. We worked all
want to tell you a story about the day before New
Years. It happened two years ago. I went to Siberia
to join my family. My mother's birthday is on
December 31, and all the family was together on
that day. My sister and I decided to surprise our
December 30, at night, we began a remodeling in the
kitchen. We worked all night. While we were
working, we listening to music and laughed a lot.
When we finished, we were very tired.
next morning, when our mom saw the results, she was
surprised and happy. On December 31, we were proud
to cook dinner for the New Year's party and my
mom's birthday in the new kitchen.
Villalobos from Colombia
was the first Christmas day for my son. He
was born in October of that
remember Christmas Day in 1980. I was living with
my family in a small village in Colombia, near
Bogotá. The name of the village was
was the first Christmas day for my son. He was born
in October of that year.
wife was cooking turkey for the Christmas dinner,
but it burned in the oven. My wife was sad, but we
decided to go to an Italian restaurant.
stayed there until midnight, eating and listening
to Italian music. We ate different kinds of dishes,
especially spaghetti and lasagna.
Melendez from El Salvador
have many good memories about this day,
but the Christmas Day that I will never
forget was when I was five years old.
Day is a nice holiday for me. We have Christmas Day
traditions in my family. We always wear new
clothes, have a big dinner, shoot off fireworks,
and give each other presents.
have many good memories about this day, but the
Christmas Day that I will never forget was when I
was five years old. At that time, my mother was
having some money problems. My sisters, brothers
and I were kids, but we knew that we wouldn't have
anything on that Christmas Day.
now, I don't know what my mother did because she
didn't have any money, but at 6 p.m. she appeared
with new clothes for everybody and some fireworks.
She told us we were invited to have dinner at our
it was midnight of December 24, we celebrated the
birth of Jesus Christ, prayed, wished blessings for
everybody, and opened our presents. What was my
surprise when we found a present for everyone under
the Christmas tree.
that time, I was very young, but I carry the memory
of that Christmas with me always because I know my
mother didn't want her kids to forget the magic of
Salas from Mexico
Christmas Day was the happiest I ever had
and I will never forget it.
I was eight, my family went to my uncle's house in
the U.S. to celebrate Christmas. There were a lot
of people in the house. At 8:00, we went to a
sermon and after that everybody went to my uncle's
ranch. We drove one hour to get there.
12:00, we had a big, excellent dinner and then we
opened the presents. A couple of hours later we
shot off fireworks and enjoyed that a lot.
was almost morning before we went to bed because we
were having such a good time. That Christmas Day
was the happiest I ever had and I will never forget
Pachecho from Venezuela
have a family tradition. The kids give
presents to the adults and the adults give
presents to the kids.
me, Christmas Day is very important because I spend
the whole day with my family. We have dinner
together and give and receive presents.
Christmas, I was with my uncle and aunt in Caracas
because I was baby sitting my little cousin while
they were working. The day before Christmas, we
went to my grandmother's house in Valencia. She
wasn't there. She was in the U.S. with the rest of
the family members.
the night, we danced to modern music and drank
champagne to celebrate. At ten to midnight, my
cousin Eduardo said that it was almost 12:00, so we
all stayed in the living room. After midnight, we
wished each other Merry Christmas and kissed each
other. Then we opened the presents and read a
letter from my grandmother.
Salgado from El Salvador
the children talked about Santa because
they were waiting for presents.
remember Christmas when I was a child. On that day,
everybody was always very busy. In the morning we
woke up and prepared everything we needed to cook.
For example, if the family was going to make
tamales, they prepared the meat one day before.
my country, families celebrated this day in church.
We also celebrated at home. We danced and enjoyed
the time with many friends and cousins.
midnight, we shot off fireworks and played with the
children. All the children talked about Santa
because they were waiting for presents. Parents put
toys under the bed, and the next day all the
children looked under the bed to see if Santa left
something for them.
Soto from Guatemala
I was four years old, I heard the first
Christmas sermon from missionaries.
I was four years old, I heard the first Christmas
sermon from missionaries. I was very excited
because at the end of the service, they gave little
presents to all the children.
that time, my parents always teach us the meaning
of Christmas. Christmas means the birth of Jesus.
He was born in the Middle East in Jerusalem. His
mother is the Virgin Mary and his father is God,
the Holy Spirit.
me, it was a very interesting story because I never
knew a story with that kind of miracle. I will
never forget those missionaries because they were
very kind people and they were the first white
people I ever saw in my life.
Adagbo from Nigeria
brings a lot of families together and they
have a lot of fun. I celebrate this
holiday every year.
remember it was when I was ten years old that I
really knew what the meaning of Christmas was.
Before that, I didn't really know.
asked my parents, and they told me the reason why
we have Christmas. They told me that it's when
Jesus Christ was born and all Christians celebrate
Christmas holiday may not be the longest holiday,
but it is the most enjoyable holiday for Christians
because it is a public holiday.
brings a lot of families together and they have a
lot of fun. I celebrate this holiday every year and
I go to church on Christmas day to get the final
miracle of the year and to ask God to make the next
Quintas from Ecuador
brother, sister, and I didn't have any
gifts, but we learned a lot from this
experience and it helped us to appreciate
our parents very much.
remember a sad Christmas when I was a little child
in 1980. First, my brother got sick a few days
before Christmas day and had to stay in a
children's hospital about one week. My father
didn't have a job, and my mother was pregnant with
her last child.
sister and I had a Christmas party at school with
our classmates and teacher, but when we arrived
home, we saw my father was very sad because he
didn't have enough money to buy gifts for us. My
sister told him the most important was to be
together, always. Then, he smiled and promised that
the next year would be better .
Day arrived. The dinner was simple, but we were
happy because my brother was getting well. My
brother, sister, and I didn't have any gifts, but
we learned a lot from this experience and it helped
us to appreciate our parents very much.
Pavon from Nicaragua
brothers and I were running around the
Christmas tree in the living
remember a Christmas day when I was seven years
old. I saw my mother in the kitchen. She was
cooking dinner for Christmas, and my father was
talking about the dinner.
brothers and I were running around the Christmas
tree in the living room. We were happy and talking
about the gifts. After dinner, we opened the gifts,
and I started to cry because I was looking for a
beautiful doll. My parents just gave me clothes,
and I didn't like that.
my parents said, "It isn't our fault. Santa Claus
couldn't read your letter very well. We will buy
you a doll tomorrow." I was sad, but happy to be
together with my family.
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