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"I love spending time with my family for the holidays," said Chukwuemeka Anueyiagu II, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "We love dancing around the Christmas tree and my favorite song is 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' and 'Jingle Bells.'" (Dec. 5, 2012)

LI second-graders talk holiday traditions

Heidi Last's second-grade students at Forest Avenue Elementary School in West Babylon spent part of the day creating holiday poems and art work, so I thought it would be fun to talk to them about their family's holiday traditions. From favorite holiday songs and dishes to cultural rituals, here's what they talked about.
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"My favorite holiday tradition is to play Hot Potato with my family," said Milton Acosta, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "We go to my great-grandma's house every year. My favorite song is 'Jingle Bells.'" (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"I love spending time with my family for the holidays," said Chukwuemeka Anueyiagu II, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "We love dancing around the Christmas tree and my favorite song is 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' and 'Jingle Bells.'" (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"Every year we go to Nana's house for Christmas," said Yhmari Brown, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "We like to drink hot chocolate and get presents from under the tree." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"My mom's candy cane cookies are my favorite thing about the holidays," said Anthony Formosa, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "I also love opening up presents and singing 'Jingle Bells.'" (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the tree and looking at the Christmas lights," said Julianna Haab, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "I also love baking cookies and my favorite song is 'Walking In A Winter Wonderland.'" (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"We play Elf on the Shelf every year and I named him Joey Joe," said Colin Hodgkinson, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "We also play with our Kindles and sing 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.'" (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"My favorite holiday tradition is decorating the Christmas tree and hanging stockings," said Harshil Khadia, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "We also bake diamond-shaped cookies." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"I love staying in my pajamas all day on Christmas," said Cade Meier, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "I like singing 'Jingle Bells' and my family and I play pass the gifts every year." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"We decorate the house and I love 'Jingle Bells,'" said Arthur Mervyak, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "I also like the Christmas 'Good Luck Charlie' episode." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"My mom makes the best holiday food, like rice with sausage," said Daniel Nguyen, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "I also love unwrapping presents." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"During the holidays, I love eating the chocolate chip cookies my sister makes," said Dhruv Patel, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "I also love Indian Christmas songs and playing with my cousins." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"My dad bakes Mickey Mouse cookies every year for the holidays which I love," said Isaiah Richardson, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "And my mom makes the best apple pie." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"I enjoy opening up presents and playing with the toys Santa gets for me," said Antonio Rodriguez Jr., a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "I also like watching 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on TV." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"My favorite part of the holidays is putting the garland on the Christmas tree when we decorate," said Aniya Rudolph, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "My mom's friends come for Christmas and my aunt makes snowman cookies." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"What I love about the holidays is putting the same star on the same tree every year," said Tammia Sinclair, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "Plus, I like that I wear the same pajamas every Christmas too." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"Every year we go to my aunt's house and open presents," said Ismael Villacis, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "My favorite holiday food is mashed potatoes." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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"The best part of the holidays is celebrating with my family," said Alyssa Weber, a second grader from Forest Avenue School in West Babylon. "We spend time together watching Christmas movies." (Dec. 5, 2012)

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