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Youngsters understand meaning of holiday

Saturday, December 24, 2011

SIKESTON -- Many children often associate Santa Claus with Christmas, but there's also another person who is very visible during the holiday.

Recently some local children took time to explain the reason for the season.

According to Dalton Frazier and Ben Gilmore, kindergartners at The Christian Academy in Sikeston, the reason Christmas is celebrated because it's Jesus' birthday.

"He was born on Christmas," Ben said.

The boys said, Jesus -- whose parents are Mary and Joseph -- wasn't born in a hospital but in a manger, which they explained, is a stable. The inn was too full so they had to stay in the manger.

First graders Brooke Taylor and Grace Hester also took part in explaining the origin of Christmas.

"They (Mary and Joseph) were at a stable or manager, and baby Jesus was laying on hay and wrapped in cloth," Grace said.

Shepherds were there, and there were lots of animals there, too, like sheep and cows, the children said.

Word soon spread of Jesus' birth -- not by telephones -- but by knocking on townspeople's doors.

"There were three wise men," Dalton said.

"Or were there four?" Ben asked.

Either way they decided the wise men came to visit and worship baby Jesus after he was born.

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