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HOLIDAY HEAVEN: Local 5-year-olds talk traditions
by Caroline Young
December 12, 2012 11:07 AM | 1770 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Isha Parashar
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Editor’s note: Each of the students were asked one of two questions: “How does your family celebrate the holidays?” or “What does Santa Claus do the other 11 months of the year?”

Like children everywhere, 5-year-old students from Atlanta International School in Buckhead are gearing up for the holidays and finishing off their wish lists.

Students Arabella Isaacs and Samuel Isenberg said they are excited to celebrate Hanukkah this year.

Isaacs said she celebrates Christmas, too, and has both a menorah and a Christmas tree in her home.

Isenberg said he likes to play games with gelt, the chocolate coins.“For Hanukkah, my mom’s going to get me a Lego ninja set,” he said.

Mason Dimitroff, whose mother is from the Philippines, said his family celebrates Christmas traditionally, and he is also asking Santa for a Lego ninja set.

Michael Stith said Santa sleeps and feeds his reindeer in the off-season.

“If I was Santa, I would stay at the North Pole and watch all the kids and what they’re doing,” Stith said.

Isha Parashar said her family observed the Indian holiday Diwali in November.

“Diwali is a celebration where you light candles with oil and they’re made out of clay and we make pictures out of sand,” Parashar said.

Her mother Susmita is from Nepal and her father Umesh is from New Delhi, she said, and they are traveling to India during the holidays.“I wear a Sari, an Indian dress. … It’s turquoise,” she said.

Parashar’s favorite Indian food to eat at the holidays is chole, which is made from chickpeas, she said.

Shaila Durairaj, whose father is from Singapore, said her family travels to Malaysia to visit family every year. She said she is asking Santa for a charm bracelet.

Rebecca Sussman said she puts Grinch ornaments on her tree, and asked Santa for an American Girl doll as one of her presents.

“Maybe [Santa] tells his elves to work on the toys so they’ll be ready for Christmas,” Sussman said.

Alex Mahran-Galindo said his family makes gingerbread cookies during Christmas time. “My mom’s from Spain and my dad’s from Egypt,” he said. “But they celebrate things of me, from the United States.”

Mahran-Galindo, who asked for a Mario Brothers video game, said he thinks Santa shops all year long for children’s’ presents.

“But for the people that are parents and really old, Santa makes them presents,” he said. “He never stops working.”
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