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Christmas wishes are big and small

Students ask for a baby, gifts, peace

Kaylin Barnaby enjoys her meal at the annual Putnam Community Thanksgiving dinner held at Putnam Central School. For Christmas she’s hoping for the birth of a new baby brother or sister.

Kaylin Barnaby enjoys her meal at the annual Putnam Community Thanksgiving dinner held at Putnam Central School. For Christmas she’s hoping for the birth of a new baby brother or sister. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— A baby brother or sister for Christmas? Why not?

Santa will be especially busy in the Ticonderoga area this Christmas Eve. A survey of local students shows a long and diverse wish list.

Kaylin Barnaby, a fourth grade student at Putnam Central School, has an especially tall order for Santa.

“I wish for my mom’s baby to be born on Christmas because I want him to be loved even more then he is supposed to be,” she said. “I want him to get a lot of presents. If my brother was born on Christmas it would be a present for all of us. This would make it the best Christmas ever.”

Kadense Russell, a first grade student at Mountainside Christian Academy in Schroon Lake, also has a big wish.

“My Christmas wish is to meet Jesus in person,” she said.

Surprisingly, few Christmas wishes are for toys and gifts. Many relate to family.

“My Christmas wish is that my family and friends can get together,” said Zyleen Tyler, a Ticonderoga Elementary School fifth grade student. “Sing carols and have a gift exchange so we can learn more about each other.”

“My Christmas wish is for friends and family to be happy because Christmas is about giving not getting,” said Kylie Bowman, a Putnam second grader.

“My Christmas wish is for my family to be together and that everyone is happy and not sick,” Makayla Huestis, a Ti fifth grader, said.

Alexander Smith, a first grade student at Putnam, hopes his grandfather can visit for Christmas.

Julia Cutting, a Crown Point Central School fourth grade students, also wants to see her grandfather.

“I want to go see my grandfather in Rochester,” she said. “I miss him and love him. That’s what I want for Christmas.”

Riley Guay wants a family vacation.

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