South Whidbey kids chat about Christmas

These first-grade students at South Whidbey Elementary School opened up to The Record about their Christmas traditions and wishes. Clockwise

The Record spoke with first graders at South Whidbey Elementary about Santa, the North Pole and Christmas morning rituals.

Jett Pozarycki

The Record: What was your wish for Christmas?

Jett: An XBox 360 and a turtle and a bearded dragon and a frog. …And a new saddle. My dog chewed my old one up.

The Record: What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

Jett: When you get presents and get to spend time with your family.

The Record: What do you usually do with your family on Christmas?

Jett: We usually wake up really early in the morning and go out in the living room where our Christmas tree is and open our presents and go back to bed. My sisters stay awake and listen to music on my phone.

The Record: What do you think the North Pole is like?

Jett: Probably freezing.

Ada Murray

The Record: What was your wish for Christmas?

Ada: A whiteboard and a hanging toy organizer. That’s really what my mom calls it; I just call it a net. Maybe slide-on shoes.

The Record: What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

Ada: Spending time with family and friends.

The Record: Do you leave something out for Santa?

Ada: Cookies for Santa and a glass of milk. And rice bran for the reindeer. Last time the rice bran was all gone, the milk was all gone and the cookies were gone.

The Record: What do you think the North Pole is like?

Ada: Cold.

The Record: What do you think Santa is like?

Ada: I think he is nice.

Olivia Martin

The Record: What was your wish for Christmas?

Olivia: An Ever After High doll and a Monster High doll.

The Record: What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

Olivia: It’s where we hang ornaments.

The Record: Does your family go pick out a Christmas tree?

Olivia: We picked it out yesterday, and a poinsettia for Christmas.

The Record: What do you think Santa is like?

Olivia: I think he loves us.

The Record: What do you think about the North Pole?

Olivia: It’s icy.

Matthew Tarantino

The Record: What was your wish for Christmas?

Matthew: A drone and a Crazy Cart.

The Record: What do you think about Santa?

Matthew: He’s nice and he’s big.

The Record: What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

Matthew: Opening presents and spending time with my family and we get to go to California.

The Record: Are you going to leave anything out for Santa?

Matthew: Cookies and milk and I put some reindeer food out in the grass. Every year they get a little.

The Record: What do you think the North Pole is like?

Matthew: I think it’s slippery and snowy.

Jace Kukuk

The Record: What was your wish for Christmas?

Jace: A trampoline and maybe a new Lego set.

The Record: What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

Jace: It’s because it’s God’s birthday. I mean Jesus’ birthday.

The Record: Does your family go to church on Christmas or Christmas Eve?

Jace: Yes, I go to church on Christmas Eve. I’m going to sing this year.

The Record: Will you leave anything out for Santa?

Jace: Maybe some cookies and milk, and carrots for the reindeer.

The Record: What do you think Santa is like?

Jace: He probably has a big stomach. He probably has a really, really fluffy beard.

Josie Ploof

The Record: What was your wish for Christmas?

Josie: Lalaloopsies, little Lalaloopsies and big Lalaloopsies … and Ever After High.

The Record: What’s your favorite part about Christmas?

Josie: When we open up presents, and the snow.

The Record: What do you think about Santa?

Josie: I think he is nice but Neva thinks he is just a big elf and he’s just wearing stuff. But I don’t think that.

The Record: What do you think about the North Pole?

Josie: I think it’s freezing and there’s lots of ice and it’s cold and it’s snowy there. …Santa doesn’t slip, Santa wears skis.

The Record: Are you going to leave anything out for Santa?

Josie: Chocolate chip cookies and milk and carrots.