The magic of the holidays as seen through the eyes of a child is sometimes lost on adults who become caught up in the hustle and bustle of checking lists and checking them twice. With that in mind, Urbandale Living magazine decided to let some of the children of Urbandale tell this year’s cover story about the holidays by sharing with us some of their wishes for Christmas.
With a helping hand from Ashley Mobley, who teaches first graders at Valerius Elementary School in Urbandale, we asked each one of her students to write down on a piece of paper what they wanted for Christmas. A few were selected at random to draw their wishes, too.
“They were excited to be in the magazine and to be thinking and working on a project about the holidays,” says Mobley. “It was interesting hearing them talk about what they wanted. One that really stood out was a little girl who wants her two front teeth.”
Electronic games and devices were at the top of the list for many children, including high-tech items such as iPads and iPods.
“I was impressed by that,” Mobley says, with a smile.
This marks Mobley’s sixth year of teaching at Valerius, and she says the students, staff and parents at Valerius never cease to amaze her.
“I love teaching here, we have such wonderful support and such great kids and families. Everyone here is like a big family,” she says.
With that said, read further (with help from a few grammar edits) to see what some of the youngest members of the extended family at Valerius are wishing for this holiday season.
“My Christmas wish is a dirt bike, so I can ride it, so I can jump over animals, so I can jump over big buildings.”
“My Christmas wish is a remote control airplane and a remote control Velociraptor because it will be awesome and a T-Rex, too.”
“My Christmas wish is a American Girl because my sister has one. Her name is Rebecca. If I got another one they could both have a pet.”
“My Christmas wish is a mechanical airplane with a person in the airplane, with a rocket ship with a person with a door. I love Santa.”
“My Christmas wish is a monkey. I love monkeys! I think monkeys are cool. I want my monkey to be orange. I am gonna name it Orangey.”
“My Christmas wish is a dirt bike because it is awesome! And I will ride it in my backyard!”
“My Christmas wish is a Kindle Fire. I hope I get it really soon. I hope I get more than a Kindle Fire. I hope my sister gets presents too. I hope my brother gets presents too. I hope my mom gets presents, too.”
“My Christmas wish is my two front teeth. And a iPod and a iPad. I got nothing for the teeth.”
“My Christmas wish is a remote control plane. They are cool because they can shoot discs. It is cool. They can even land on a platform. It is cool.”
“My Christmas wish is I want to have a real pony to ride on. I really want it. It is going to be fun. I can ride on it all day long. I can feed her. She will have a water slide. She is going to have friends.”
“My Christmas wish is a autograph from Aaron Rodgers because I like the Packers. He’s my Q.B.”
“My Christmas wish is a big playground. I want one because my friend has one. My other Christmas wish is a big bucket full of Legos!”
“My Christmas wish is a pony. I will feed her and give her water. I will give her a name and it will be Sheila.”
“My Christmas wish is a new baby sister. Because my mom is going to have a baby sister in December.”
“My Christmas wish is a iPod 3 because it will have lots of games. I will have a great time playing games.”
“My Christmas wish is a car. I want a blue car. My car will have golden wheels. It will have blue wheels on the back.”
“My Christmas wish is a LeapPad 2 and paperclips. I make things.”
“My Christmas wish is a real Ferrari and a Camaro convertible because they look cool.”
“My Christmas wish is a iPad because I can play games on it.”