Kids Speak on Christmas

Lincoln Elementary students rehearse for their Christmas concert Monday, Dec. 16 in the Gering High School auditorium. Front row from left: Tayla Swanson, Estrella Garcia-Loomis, Hudson Ross. Second row from left: Ruben Rodriguez III, Dre Billie, Vanellope Miramontes.

In celebration of the season, Lincoln Elementary students answer some Christmas questions as they prepare for winter break and the arrival of Santa Claus and his reindeer on Dec. 24.

Rubie Gies

What does Christmas mean to you?

“The love of Jesus and celebrating Jesus’ birthday and having fun with family.”

What’s one of your favorite things you do every Christmas? “Decorating the tree.” What’s hard about decorating the tree?

“The lights.”

Raiya Reinmuth

What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

“Decorating the Christmas tree.”

What do you think about Rudolph and the other reindeer? “I think he’s cool.” What do you think about Santa coming down your chimney every Christmas? “I think it’s cool and then he eats the milk and cookies and then we get presents.”

What’s your favorite Christmas present you’ve received from Santa? “I got this lab kit from him because me and my sister were always fighting, so then he got us that so we could do it together.” What’s your favorite part about Christmas break? “Not having school.”

Joseph Bookman

What’s your favorite food to eat at Christmas? “Pumpkin pie because I like pumpkins and pie.” What’s your favorite thing to do with your family over Christmas break?

“Playing football in the snow.”

What’s the hardest part about playing football in the snow? “That, if you get tackled, then you get snow in your shirt and stuff.”

What do you enjoy about giving presents to others? “I like to see how they’re happy and to get what they want.”

What’s your favorite Christmas memory? “Probably when my dad kicked (the football) off to me and I made a touchdown.”

Ronald Wilson

What do you think of Santa and his reindeer landing on the roof? “I like Rudolph’s nose because it’s red like a clown.”

What’s your favorite part about playing in the snow over Christmas? “Making a snowman and a snow dog. Also, last year, we made a snowman and his name was Frosty. Also, the dog was named Dorito and I made him have a Dorito’s nose.”

What’s the hardest part about being a snowman or a snow dog? “You have to have gloves on and it’s really chilly.” What do you like to eat at Christmas time? “Baked cookies.”

Tatum Platt

Do you make anything for Santa? “I make him milk and five cookies. They’re chocolate chip.” What do you enjoy about spending time with your family? “That we can sleep in all day and I can either play with my sister or go play outside with my dad.”

What do you like about playing in the snow? “Making a snowman.”

Kinlee Land-Bayless

How do reindeer fly? “Magic.” How does Santa get down the chimney? “He just goes up there and squeezes through there.” What do you like to give Santa as a snack? “Cookies. I give him these candy cane cookies and they taste really good.”

When do you make your cookies? “Probably two days before Christmas.”

What do you enjoy most about Christmas break? “I’m free.”

Noah Henkel

What’s your favorite thing to do over Christmas break? “Go sledding. To stay straight on it and sometimes if you need to, you dig them into the snow so you can stay stable.” What do you think of Santa and his reindeer visiting you? “Sometimes I set up a camera so I can catch the reindeer.”

What does it sound like when you hear the reindeer? “It’s kind of like a loud jingle.”

Emme Tofflemire

What’s your favorite thing to do over Christmas break? “Bake cookies with my mom and sister.” What’s your Christmas plans this year? “We’re going to go to spend Christmas with my dad’s side of the family.”

What do you think about Santa visiting you on a sleigh? “I think it’s a really cool way to travel.”

Would you go riding in Santa’s sleigh? “Yes.”

Do you and your sister write anything to Santa? “Sometimes my sister, Avery and I will write Christmas letters to him and then leave them there.”

Dalton Stricker

What do you think the hardest part is about making a snowman? “Rolling the balls.”

What do you like about Christmas? “The snow. I do snow angels.” What do you like to decorate the most? “The tree. The star is hard. We get a ladder and help from my parents.”

Lauren Brant is a reporter with the Star-Herald and the Gering Courier. Contact her at 308-632-9043 or by email at

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