Redbridge schoolchildren discuss what Christmas means to them

Christmas feature, school children at Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, talking about the fe

Christmas feature, school children at Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, talking about the festive period Filip Gradowski - Credit: Archant

The Recorder asked three schools “what Christmas meant to them?” The answers celebrated the fact that Redbridge is a deeply diverse, yet cultured borough.

Christmas feature, school children at Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, talking about the fe

Christmas feature, school children at Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, talking about the festive period Filip Gradowski - Credit: Archant

All the children asked - whatever their own religion - understood the reason why Christians celebrated Christmas, even if they did mention presents rather a lot!

"What does Christmas mean to you?" - Kamar Lowe Benn (age 8)

"What does Christmas mean to you?" - Kamar Lowe Benn (age 8) - Credit: Archant

Christmas feature, school children at Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, talking about the fe

Christmas feature, school children at Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, talking about the festive period Filip Gradowski - Credit: Archant

SS Peter and Paul’s Primary School, Gordon Road, Ilford, IG1 1SA

Christmas feature, school children at Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, talking about the fe

Christmas feature, school children at Peter and Paul's Catholic Primary School, talking about the festive period Filip Gradowski - Credit: Archant

Jessie Whitaker- Gardil, 7.

“Christmas helps me remember to love Jesus and God both as much as each other. Christmas is Jesus’s birthday so Christians and Catholics remember him. I remember him as the light which guides as wherever I am. I really like Christ Our Saviour for being born in a stable.”


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Ben Charles-Creegan, 6.

“Christmas makes me think about Jesus when he was first born. And being good so that Santa gives us presents. I think in my head that I want to be good so Jesus is proud of me and my mum is impressed.”

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Filip Gradowski, 6.

“It is about Jesus’s birthday and people say it is about presents but it’s not. At Christmas you get two times as many presents. They either go under your pillow or under the Christmas tree.

Frank Bochen, 6.

The snow comes and people celebrate that. We dance, eat Christmas dinner and gets presents. When it is Christmas I eat bread, sweets, and sometimes vegetables.

Bianca Novakova, 6.

Christmas means I can throw snowballs on my mum, dad and gran. I can play in my house and eat popcorn which is just for me and mummy. I also put up the Christmas tree with decorations and my mum will help me.

Christchurch Primary School, Wellesley Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4LQ

Fatimah Asmi, 7.

Even though I don’t celebrate Christmas I still have a party and go somewhere nice. My favourite thing at Christmas is to sit on my pink, fluffy carpet next to my goldfish. Also in December I open a door on my advent calender everyday I get a different picture - on Christmas Day I get a picture of a baby.

Jane Kezia Raj, 7.

Christmas is a time for me to go on a big aeroplane to India. My grandma and my mum create scrumptious food and sweets to eat. We then distribute the food to everyone in the neighbourhood that give me and my brother chocolates.

Sarath Rashin-Saran, 7.

Christmas Day is an ordinary day like no other. There’s only one thing that’s not ordinary on Christmas Day - there are presents. The reason that presents are not ordinary is because they’re hidden away inside my mum’s cupboard.

Shantanu Dharanala, 7.

At Christmas the first thing I do is get ready and I run to my family and say, “Merry Christmas”. Then I have my breakfast and go out and play with my friends. I like to talk to my friends about how they like Christmas. If it is snowywe have a gigantic snowball fight.

Deep Thakkar, 7.

Even though I am not Christian I like Christmas beause we get to decorate the tree. At this time of year there are always some Christmas specials on tv too. I also like Christmas because when we’re sleeping Santa comes and delivers presents on the ‘nice’ list.

Ursuline Preparatory School Ilford, Coventry Road, Ilford, IG1 4QR

Kamar Lowe Benn, 8.

Christmas is a very special time of year for me and my family. We like to spend a lot of time together during the year and Christmas reminds us of how much we mean to each other. We also think of other people who may not have what we have and we give to charity.

Aashni Sharma, 7.

We give gifts to our loved ones at Christmas. We have a Christmas roast at our aunt’s house. We thank God for all the happiness he has bestowed on us. Christmas is about giving and taking. It means celebrating with our family and friends.

Ria O’Brien, 7.

Christmas is a special time of year because it was when Jesus was born. I go to church with my family and we sing songs and pray. Our Christmas tree is beautiful and decorated with rainbow lights, pink baubles, pine cones and angels. I have a singing robin, snowman and an advent calender underneath the Christmas tree.

Brya Rose Reid, 7.

A family spend the whole day together opening Christmas presents, eating, drinking and staying merry. We bless the table with a special prayer for Jesus before we eat.

Junior Bangura, 8.

Christmas means something to my family but we don’t fuss about it. We look forward to Chrsitmas because it is a very important and special time, because we have to prepare for Jesus’s coming and his birthday. Even though we look forward to the presents, we must let the spirit of Jesus fill our hearts.

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