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Published: Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
In Our View / Christmas

Gifts come from the heart

Like a little gift stuck at the bottom of a stocking, or lost under the tree, a little feature that runs in The Herald might get overlooked. Which is too bad, because like other little or humble gifts, the "Weekly Writing Corner" that appears on the Kid Scoop page during the school year often contains some real gems. Students are given a topic or a question to write about, and teachers from local schools submit their work the column.
On Christmas Day, a holiday that celebrates hope and joy at the birth of Jesus, we'd like to let the children teach. On Dec. 4 they wrote on the topic of "gifts." And their responses are indeed a gift. We offer a few here. Thank you, students and teachers, for sharing.
•"This is one gift that money can't buy, that is love. Love is almost the most powerful thing in the world. Also faith, joy, peace, and happiness are gifts that money can't buy." Sydney, Grade 3, Mrs. Houghton's class, St. Mary Magdalen School
"A wonderful gift we do here at Emerson is read to Merry Haven. We go there to read to the elders. They really like it. Another gift you can't buy is friendship." Jamie, Grade 3, Mrs. Moritz's class, Emerson Elementary,
"Gifts can't buy friendships they can't buy beauty. The last thing they can't buy is the love of God and Jesus." Ellia, Grade 5, Mrs. Craig's class, Cascade View Elementary,
"Money is just green paper, hope is around every corner. If you have no money, hope comes. If you lose your job hope will come. Life is a gift, hope is everywhere." Manny, Grade 5, Ms. Caione's class, Horizon Elementary.
"Money can't buy friendship. Friendship is special because whenever you feel down they are there for you. You can have sleepovers, make each other laugh and talk to them about anything. Also your friend will help you solve problems, and if you need help they will be there for you." Cece, Grade 3, Mrs. Houghton's class, St. Mary Magdalen School.
"Loves from moms dad and grandma and grandpa. Hugs and kisses and smiles to make you happy." Connor, Grade 5, Mrs. Craig's class, Cascade View Elementary.
"Money can't buy something everyone will enjoy! Something yet so special that your grandma always gives, and that one thing is called, LOVE! Another thing that is so easy and should be easy all the time and it's called JOY! And one last thing is called ... Family! That is something no one can buy!" Emersyn, Grade 3, Mrs. Moe's class, Hillcrest Elementary.
And that's what Christmas is all about. If you need more clarification, ask a child.

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