You better watch out - Santa is on his way and Irish American kids couldn’t be more excited
With hours to go until Santa arrives we hear about the wish list
At the Kerry Hall in Yonkers on Sunday, December 18, Santa came to visit the children. There was great excitement as over 50 kids gathered to meet and greet the bearded man himself, and each of them were lucky enough to go home with their first Santa present of the season.
Eight-year-old Michael-John Costello received an electronic Monopoly game from Santa on Sunday and was over the moon.
“I’m very happy with my present and I can’t wait to go home and play the game with my brother,” he told the Irish Voice while taking a rest from chasing some of his friends.
When asked what his favorite thing was about Christmas, Michael John, son of Donnchadh (Co. Kerry) and Angela (Co. Cavan), said “Being with my family.”
The eight-year-old is excited to spend Christmas day with all his cousins, aunts and uncles in his Aunt Rosie’s house where he plans to play lots of games with everyone and eat loads of food.
“I’m allowed eat more candy at Christmas than any time of the year,” he said smiling.
A group of friends -- Julia Stlafani, 11, Chiara Meorenda, six, Sarah McNamee, 11, Dylan McNamee, nine, and Luke McNamee, six, took time out of their playing at the Kerry Hall to chat to the Irish Voice.
Dylan, brother to Sarah, Luke, Aran (two weeks old), Patrick, 12, and Conor, one, said he hopes Santa brings him an electric scooter for Christmas.
“But if Santa doesn’t have an electric scooter that’s okay, he might bring me an electric guitar that I can play with my friends and brothers and sisters,” said Dylan.
His favorite thing about Christmas? “I get loads of time off school to squeeze my little brother Aran.”
His big sister Sarah (mom from Co. Down and dad’s family from Co. Dublin and Co. Kerry) told the
Irish Voice that every year without fail the whole McNamee family goes to Mass.
“I like going on Christmas morning after I open my presents,” she said.
“Christmas is special too you know, not just because we get presents but it’s the birth of Christ and we celebrate that too.”
Her friend Julia said “the most important thing at Christmas is being with family all the time.”
And little Chiara has only one wish this Christmas and that’s for Santa -- to bring her a new front tooth.
She shows the Irish Voice her missing tooth and said, “I hope he gets me a new one.”
Luke’s favorite part of Christmas is decorating the tree.
When asked if he was good this year he nodded hesitantly.
“I was about 40 out of 100 good,” admits Luke.
But his sister Sarah clarified saying, “No he was more like 50 out of 100.”
Santa will undoubtedly look kindly on all of the boys and girls this Christmas.
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