KELVIN POWER ponders solemnly as he weighs up the big question being asked of him — what is your wish for Christmas?
It’s one that puzzles many of the rambunctious four-year-olds in Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Bishopstown, who are just coming to grips with what the season is all about.
Dressed in adorable Santa outfits, they are preparing to perform a medley of Christmas songs for parents and pupils.
It took them one month, practicing the concert twice daily to perfect.
And from Jingle Bells, to Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and Santa got stuck up the chimney, among others, their concert is a delightful sight to behold.
So, just what does a four-year-old wish for Christmas?
Young Mr Power is adamant — he wants a racing car. To drive around and beat all his classmates in a race. Or maybe, he surmises, a Ben 10 scooter might be better for the job.
Following Kelvin’s revelations, however, the others boys clam up tight, shrugging and pouting. They cannot decide, so it’s left to the girls at Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, who are a little more forthcoming with their aspirations.
Tara Conlon is a serious young girl aiming high with her yuletide wish. She’s not overly pushed on her selection of gifts — she just wants Santa to say merry Christmas to her.
Sarah Murphy states plainly that she just wants to be a fairy. To be able to dance and fly in the sky and watch Santa deliver the gifts to all the sleeping children.
Ellen Doherty wants a princess castle for herself, but has decidedly more practical wishes for her parents — a hoover for mother and some clothes for father, she says.
Grace O’Reilly too is thinking practically. She just wants a new coat for her dad.
Emma Crowley wants a dancing snowman for Mammy and Daddy.
Emily Woodcock has more simple tastes. She just wants to make a snowman in the garden with her mother and father — one that could very easily come true.
Teacher at Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh, Sinead Hennessy, maintains the children this year are no more restrained in their hopes dreams and wishes than any other, despite the recession. But, she says, there does seem to more of a emphasis on family than material things this year.
“I’m hearing a lot of children just asking for the best Christmas ever for their family,” she said. “That’s it. No lists of toys. Just a great Christmas for their family.”
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