Merry Christmas to all of our parish and school families and friends! May you find peace and joy in the season and in the circle of the ones you love.
Before our Christmas break, our fifth graders were asked to write a letter to Santa – but with a twist. They were to ask him for gifts for the world and not only for themselves. The letters were very thoughtful. If you would like to read them, they are on display in the hallway. I would like to share a few of the fifth graders wishes for our world today.
“I would like for the people of Nepal to recover from the recent earthquake. Please help people whose homes were destroyed to find new ones.”
My family is making wishes for the world this year. I wish for world peace. My dad wishes for all diseases to be cured. My mom wishes for all to be respected and not mistreated. My sister wishes that were would be no hungry people. There should be enough room to welcome someone that is less fortunate.”
“Everyone should be grateful for what they have!”
“My family and I wish for all people to understand the true meaning of Christmas.”
“My family is starting a new tradition. We are going to grant a Christmas wish to someone in need. We are going to put a white envelope in our tree that represents a gift we are giving and not receiving!”
“I wish for all the kids in Appalachia and other poor places in the world receive at least one Christmas gift.”
“I hope that all the people that have to work on Christmas will still have a joyful day,”
I pray that the homeless have someone and some place to spend Christmas. No one should be alone.”
“I wish that all people would be kind to one another. If everyone was kind to each other, the world would not need the army to protect their country.”
I wish for people in orphanages to get parents and a good family.”
My family wishes for respect of each other throughout the world and that everyone accepts their differences and respects their religion.”
Food for thought and prayer! Our fifth graders are very reflective young people!
Merry Christmas to all!