By Matti Kostamo, aged 11
I’m Matti Kostamo and I’m going to tell you about one of my Christmas experiences. One time our house flooded and my Dad was getting horribly sick. After about a week, he couldn’t take it so we decided we would have Christmas in a hotel. We decided that we would go there for a week. At the beginning, I thought it would be awful but I was wrong. Once we got there and unpacked, we got comfy and watched a couple of movies. We fell asleep afterwards.
In the morning, it was very nice because there was a restaurant right in the building. We went there a couple of times and the food was delicious. One night my parents let us open a Christmas present and it was Fear Factor board game. We played that for awhile then went to sleep. The next day went by fast and then it was Christmas Eve. The stockings weren’t hung because they couldn’t be hung by the chimney with care for there wasn’t one. But in the morning, Saint Nicholas had been there. Lots of toys and things were in the (hotel) room and everyone, even my baby sister was filled with happiness and joy. After a while, we exchanged our gifts and it was wonderful seeing everyone so happy. After Christmas was over, we went back home and fixed our house, taking out all the mold in the walls. It wasn’t a bad Christmas at all, it was a really good one and I won’t forget about it for a long time.
By Megan Kostamo, aged 10
I was so excited Christmas was coming even though it was still a month away. It was sometime in November and my older brother and Dad went ice fishing. It was a little jumpy because I’d been waiting for someone to go sledding with me but when my brother came back, he had a sprained wrist. “I guess there’s going to be no sledding for a while,” I thought to myself. But that was just the beginning. Soon after that, I cut my hand really deep on some glass, so I had to get stitches. It didn’t hurt to get stitches, it just felt funny. My mom didn’t realize how bad my cut was until I got home from the doctor. I guess if she knew, she would probably freak out. Then my older sister got really sick and had to have surgery on her shoulder to remove a tumour. When she came home from the hospital, she was really tired and could hardly walk. She got green frog pajamas that I really wanted but I wasn’t the one who had the surgery. My sister had to miss a lot of school and every day some of her friends from school would come to our house to see my sister.
Then there was a terrible flood. Our house flooded and everything got wet. But that wasn’t really the problem, the problem was that my dad got really sick, he got really bad pneumonia and was in the hospital. He got so sick he almost died. Now the house was too bad for us to live in it so the week before Christmas, we had to go to a hotel for the holidays. There was a plant in our room that we stayed in, so we put ornaments on it but the plant fell over, so we had to take off some of the ornaments. Well, it was Christmas Eve and I could hardly get to sleep. When I woke up, just me, my mom and my older brother were awake. I got my mom a robe for Christmas and she got me one too. It was green with little snowmen on it. But the best present came a few weeks later. I got a new baby brother!!!!! And that was a Christmas to remember!