(Day 25) Shannon Mathew
“Secret Santas have always been a generally horrible experience. One time in the second grade, I had a boy for secret Santa and had absolutely no idea what to get him, so I thought a box of chocolates would be nice. Except that the poor kid turned out to be allergic to peanuts, so he was the only one without a present. I guess ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ doesn’t apply to that guy.
Funny story-I saw that kid the other day for the first time since elementary school…he remembers the whole thing”
(Day 22) Jenson Jones (and Joel Thomas)
“If Jesus is the lamb of God and Mary is Jesus’ mother, did Mary have a little lamb?”
(Day 20) Anna Massidas
Anna: One time in fifth grade my teacher wrapped us all different size gifts, then we had to all get in a circle and open them together. It turned out to all be the same gift (annoyed face) , they were digital cameras with albums. Some guys got pink ones.
Nina: Your teacher gave you digital cameras?
Anna: Yeah, it was in New Jersey, they’re really rich there.
(Day 19) Abigail Thomas
“Last year for Christmas, I went to Nina’s house (points at me) and umm it was very fun because we have close family across the street and umm we just all come together at her house and her mom is a very good cook.”
(Day 17) Berlin Jacob and Floril Thomas
Floril: I’ve never been to her house on Christmas day but I’ve been there in the month of December. We would watch scary movies. Yeah, it’s not very Christmas-y.
(Day 15) Luisa Vergara
“My favorite Christmas memory was when I was five or six and me and my brother up after 12am and we immediately went for presents. We didn’t even wake up our parents.”
(Day 13) Shaina Mathew
Shaina: “I give really good gifts only to get really bad ones in return. I’m not kidding. I got socks one time. I love socks but like the fuzzy good quality ones, not like ones with words on it like “oh great” or weird stuff. One of my friends who I really liked, I gave her a full out present, I gave her a snow globe, I gave her all this stuff. Mind you I was in second grade, I wasn’t really creative with my gifts but I still gave her a pretty good gift. And she gave me socks. My parents were like, ‘Is that why you gave her all of this, to get socks?'”
Joel: “One time I got a pack of gum and then they ate it- they didn’t even give it to me.”
(Day 12) Samantha Bendernagel
“Warning to all believers. Stop, do not read.
My family moved when I was in fourth grade and then I was worried that Santa wouldn’t know my address and think the other kids were me and I couldn’t have that. So I wrote him a letter in July so he would know, [saying]
‘Dear Santa this is Samantha J Bendernagel, I used to live at, my old address but now I just moved here. I don’t want you to forget about me. Sorry for the extra trip, but I can make it worth your while. Do you like chocolate chip cookies? Do you like regular milk or chocolate milk?’
So my parents were cracking up about this and thought it would be funny to write back. They wrote me this letter and I’m in school the next day saying ‘Santa Claus wrote me back’. My mom made the candy cane outline, it was the real deal. Yeah, so I was so pumped about it. And a lot of kids were trying to say ‘He’s not real’ and I was like ‘But he didn’t write you a letter though’.
Christmas eve that year I got the cookies and milk he wanted. Every Christmas eve I would go to bed and my parents and my sister would help put up the tree. But then I realized I forgot to give Santa milk. I go downstairs and see my parents put presents underneath the tree. I’m at the top and I went back to my room and cried myself to sleep.
I woke the next day and was like, ‘LIARS!’, needless to say, I was not happy.”
(Day 11) Anitha Benjamin
“When my parents get me Christmas gifts with ‘from Santa’ or ‘love Santa,’ I don’t know if they think I know.”
(Day 9) Justin Mathew and Ryan Mathew
“Best part of Christmas was seeing our parents making a fool of themselves Christmas caroling. Always creating smiles wherever they go.”