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Fayette children reflect on favorite parts of Christmas

| Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, 9:27 p.m.

There's Santa and shopping and presents and family gatherings. But what is it that kids like best about Christmas and the holiday season?

Michelle McCalmont, 11, daughter of Rob and Beth McCalmont of Donegal, said the holiday to her is about God's love.

“This is the time we remember that God gave us His son Jesus,” she said, adding every Christmas her family hangs a stocking for Jesus and after the Christmas Eve service, they put gifts in the stocking for him.

“One year I made a snowflake to put in the stocking,” McCalmont said.

The Christmas season is one of her favorite times of the year.

“My most favorite thing is decorating the tree,” she said. “We decorate the tree every year the day after Thanksgiving.”

Jace Hodge, son of Jason and Bethany Hodge of Mt. Pleasant, said his Christmas traditions include going to the Christmas Eve service at his church and then going to his grandparents' house where everyone exchanges and opens gifts in their pajamas.

He said the reason for the season is to celebrate Christ's birth — but he also enjoys decorating the tree and eating the cookies.

It's an added bonus for him if the weather is cold and there's some snow on the ground.

Sisters Cheyenne and Kathy Bash, students at Southmoreland Middle School, said they don't really have a lot of Christmas traditions, other than waking up on Christmas morning and opening some presents.

They live on a farm, and their mom, Janet Vance, said there's a good chance the girls would rather be in school than at home for Christmas break, since they have to help with the farm work while they are off.

But Kathy Bash said she does enjoy relaxing when she gets the opportunity.

Jazmine Frost, a seventh-grader at Southmoreland Middle School and daughter of Tiffany and John Frost of Kingview, said it doesn't really hit her that Christmas is almost here until her school has its annual band concert.

And if there is a favorite part of the holiday for her, it would have to be eating food.

“But I like opening gifts and I like when the family comes together,” Frost said.

Aliya Pimental, a sixth-grader at Ramsay Elementary and the daughter of Linda Harkcom and Greg Pimental of Mt. Pleasant, said one of her family's traditions is gathering with extended family for dinner on Christmas Eve.

“After that Santa comes and gives us all presents,” she said. “I look forward to seeing family that I haven't seen in a long time and I like being out of school.”

Brooklyn Bodenheimer, a junior at Southmoreland High School, said every year she wakes up and opens presents and then her dad makes lunch/dinner for some family before she moves on to her grandmother's house and then her mom's house for the holiday celebration.

“I like the busyness, because I like seeing everyone,” she said. She will also go to her church's Christmas Eve service this year. “This is the time to celebrate Jesus and the wonderful things He does for me. Seeing my family is a bonus.”

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.

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