Kaylin Barnaby enjoys her meal at the annual Putnam Community Thanksgiving dinner held at Putnam Central School. For Christmas she’s hoping for the birth of a new baby brother or sister.
A baby brother or sister for Christmas? Why not?
Santa will be especially busy in the Ticonderoga area this Christmas Eve. A survey of local students shows a long and diverse wish list.
Kaylin Barnaby, a fourth grade student at Putnam Central School, has an especially tall order for Santa.
“I wish for my mom’s baby to be born on Christmas because I want him to be loved even more then he is supposed to be,” she said. “I want him to get a lot of presents. If my brother was born on Christmas it would be a present for all of us. This would make it the best Christmas ever.”
Kadense Russell, a first grade student at Mountainside Christian Academy in Schroon Lake, also has a big wish.
“My Christmas wish is to meet Jesus in person,” she said.
Surprisingly, few Christmas wishes are for toys and gifts. Many relate to family.
“My Christmas wish is that my family and friends can get together,” said Zyleen Tyler, a Ticonderoga Elementary School fifth grade student. “Sing carols and have a gift exchange so we can learn more about each other.”
“My Christmas wish is for friends and family to be happy because Christmas is about giving not getting,” said Kylie Bowman, a Putnam second grader.
“My Christmas wish is for my family to be together and that everyone is happy and not sick,” Makayla Huestis, a Ti fifth grader, said.
Alexander Smith, a first grade student at Putnam, hopes his grandfather can visit for Christmas.
Julia Cutting, a Crown Point Central School fourth grade students, also wants to see her grandfather.
“I want to go see my grandfather in Rochester,” she said. “I miss him and love him. That’s what I want for Christmas.”
Riley Guay wants a family vacation.
“My Christmas wish is to go on a big trip with my family,” the Putnam fifth grader said. “I would like to go to Maine for one week with my family. I want to go over Christmas break. It would be really nice to actually go somewhere and do something memorable with my family. Every time we have gone to Maine it was during the winter. That is when my mom likes to go to Maine. I love going to Maine because we go to the ocean. I find shells everywhere. They are big and about seven or eight inches long. I also want to go to the beach and take some pictures of my family. I would go home and cherish the pictures; I would hang them on my wall.”
Rich Bessey, a junior at Schroon Lake Central School, has a simple wish.
“I wish my parents and family are healthy and happy,” he said.
Brady Olcott and Cassie Provoncha also have family Christmas wishes.
“My Christmas wish this year is for everybody to have the best Christmas ever because I want every body to be happy,” Olcott, a Moriah Central School third grade student, said. “I like to bring smiles and laughter. I don’t want to see fighting. I want to see families together. Don’t cry over the toy you really wanted, be grateful for what else you got. Spending time with your family isn’t that bad. If you believe me, then you will find out on Christmas morning that it is fun spending time with your family. I hope everybody has the best Christmas ever. Merry Christmas.”
“My Christmas wish is my family together because it’s nice,” said Provoncha, another Moriah third grader. “Having my family together is nice because every Christmas we get together to celebrate Christmas wishes. Then my family and I go eat dinner. We love celebrating Christmas. The other thing I like doing with my family is singing Christmas songs. We love each other. And it’s good spending time with each other. Would you imagine having a Christmas without wishes?”
Grant Goldberg, a first grade student at Mountainside, has a wish for his father.
“My Christmas wish is that dad would get a deer, his first deer,” he said.
Others are keeping American service personnel in their thoughts at Christmas.
“My Christmas wish is to have all fighting soldiers to come home safely to their families,” said Madison Fish, a Ti fifth grader. “My cousin Derek Ross is in the Air Force and has a son and wife. I am sure they want him home.”
Noah Bogart, also a Ti fifth grade student, agreed.
“My Christmas wish is for soldiers to able to see their family for Christmas,” he said.
Johnny Reale, a sixth grade student at St. Mary’s School in Ticonderoga, wants service men and women to know Americans care about them.
“I want our soldiers to be safe and know that our country loves and supports them this Christmas and I pray for them to come home soon,” he said.
Morgan Thatcher, a junior at Schroon Lake, has a holiday wish for the poor.
“I wish there was a less poverty stricken community in the U.S.,” Thatcher said.
Corey Lender, a fifth grader at St. Mary’s, agrees.
“I wish that the world can find a solution for the hunger problem and that no child will go hungry this Christmas,” Lender said.
Emilee Nolan, a third grader at Moriah, shares that thought.
“My Christmas wish is for all the homeless people to get gifts on Christmas,” she said. “I wish that because the homeless people don’t get gifts. I also wish this because kids are supposed to have fun on Christmas, but the homeless don’t. I also wish this because I want kids to have fun on Christmas. Another reason is a lot of kids that are homeless cry on Christmas. That is my wish.”
“My Christmas wish is that I would like to see people who are hungry and starving to have food and water,” said Anna Maisonville, a fifth grade student at Mountainside. “And that they would believe in God.”
Caleb Pike, a seventh grade student at St. Mary’s, will be thinking about the victims of disaster this Christmas, especially those in the Philippines.
“I hope that the people of the Philippines can continue to rebuild and find peace and comfort during this Christmas season,” he said.
Several students are hoping for a white Christmas.
“My Christmas wish to get snow,” said David Bechard, a Putnam sixth grader. “I hope we get snow for Christmas because I don’t want a green Christmas. It is not the same without snow. To some people who don’t get presents on Christmas morning waking up to find snow could be their present. That is my Christmas wish for this year and the next few years.”
Brock Huestis, a Ticonderoga fifth grade student agrees.
“For Christmas I want snow,” he said. “We have not had much snow the last few years. It would be nice to play outside in the snow.”
Snow is also on the mind of Luke Rider, a Mountainside eighth grade student.
“Honestly I would really like some good, soft white snow,” he said. “Not to be cliche, but I truly haven’t had a really good snow for a few years. I can’t really think of anything else I’d want much more than that.”
Alec Young, a Moriah third grade student, would like to see an end to bullying this holiday season.
“My Christmas wish is for all bullying to stop forever,” he said. “The first reason is so that people don’t get their feelings hurt. And second is so it doesn’t spread. The third is so there is less people crying in the world. The fourth reason is so that there are more believers. And last, less people getting hurt. Could you imagine what the world would be like without bullying?”
Some gift ideas are a bit unconventional — like duct tape.
“For Christmas, I want duct tape,” Mollie Hayes, a Crown Point fourth grader, said. “I like to make flowers, bows and wallets. I also want flowers, so I can plant them and watch them grow.”
Holden Palmer, a Crown Point fourth grader, wants to hunt with his father.
“For Christmas, I want my lifetime hunting license, so I can go hunting with my dad,” he said.
Of course, traditional presents are still a popular Christmas wish.
“I want a toy train and a new truck for daddy,” said Madelyn Drinkwine, a kindergarten student at Putnam.
Reid Watrous, a Putnam pre-K student, wants a four-wheeler for his mother so they can ride together.
Lizzy Wojewodzic, a third grader at Putnam, wants a dog.
“This Christmas my wish is to get another dog at my dad’s house,” she said. “I want to name him Buster because my old dog use to be named Buster. We had to get rid of him. He went to the bathroom on our white carpet when we were gone. I hope my wish comes true this Christmas.”
Moriah Paris, a Mountainside fourth grader, has a big wish.
“I have always wanted a pony,” she said. “I don’t have enough room at my house. When I grow up I want to go to Africa. I will ride through the town telling people about Jesus.”
Some older students were a bit more practical.
Alex Shaughnessy, a junior at Schroon Lake, just wants cash — $1 million to be specific. Sam Foote, a Schroon Lake senior, is thinking ahead. He wants to get accepted to medical school in another four years.