Tuesday, December 6, 2011

In the season of giving...

I love this time of year.  In class we have started to learn about the different continents and winter traditions around the world.  We learned about Sinterklass (in the Netherlands,) Hanukkah, Christmas in Australia.    In our class we are created a special present to give to our parents . 

Thinking of this reminds me of one of my favorite presents.  When I was 14 years old my mom gave me her high school I.D. bracelet for Christmas.  I liked it, but really I wanted something new, like a swatch watch 

 or a record player.

I put the ID bracelet in my jewelry box and there it sat gathering dust for a few years.  When I was a senior in high school, I gave the bracelet to my best friend, as a way of saying that we would be friends forever.  After a while, my friend and I lost touch but she kept the bracelet with her.  It reminded her of me even though we never got to see each other.  Many years passed, and one day when I was feeling very sad my friend brought me my mom's ID bracelet.  I was shocked.   I had completely forgotten the bracelet existed. I was amazed at how beautiful my mom's name looked engraved in the shiny silver.  It was the perfect gift.

What is the best gift you have ever received? 

 Is there anything special you want as a gift this year? 


  1. Hi first graders!
    The best gift i have ever gotten was my camera! I love taking pictures, I think it's so much fun! This year i'm asking for new boots and clothes! What are you asking for?

  2. Hi Everyone!

    The best gift I was ever given was my horse, Amanda! Everyday I get to ride her and love her! I don't know how I ever lived without her. It was the best Christmas of my life!

    -Catie K

  3. Hi guys!

    The best gift that I have ever been given was my goldfish, 'Ocean'. He was given to me by my 6 year old neighbor, Daniel, after the September Fall Festival. I'd never had a fish before and this fish is so much fun! When I first got him, everyone said, "Now Mason, Ocean is just a carnival fish and he may not live very long." But I took excellent care of him and he is a strong, happy fish. He has been alive for 4 months now! He's proving them wrong :-) He is very active and eats well. It makes me so happy to see him each day! - Mason

  4. The best gift I ever received was a "gift package" from three of my closest friends. I got makeup, perfume, and a lot of other girl fun items. It was so sweet to see my friend's efforts to make my day special.

  5. Michelle costantinoDecember 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    For Christmas this year Kim wants an American Girl Puppy....but nothing beats her gift from last year which was our family pet Clyde the dog. Her mom justs wants a healthy and happy holiday season for us all.

  6. What great comments! I love that we have comments from both Mrs. Levys and Mrs. McEvoy's classes. Keep them coming!

    Mrs. Levy

  7. Hey everyone,
    My favotite gift that I got for chritmas was my first bike when I was in 1st grade. I didn't ask for it, but my parents still got me one and taught me how to ride it. Soon, I was riding almost every day.
    -Tommy N.

  8. Hey First Graders,
    My favorite Hanukkah gift was a couple of years ago when my parents got me tickets to see the Lion King when it came to Los Angeles! It was such a fun time! This year I'm asking for anew pair of boots!

  9. Hey everyone!
    The best gift I've ever gotten was a digital camera. I had asked my parents for it, but I didn't actually think I would get it. I have now formed a new love of photography!

  10. Hi first graders!
    My favorite Hannukah gift ever was my dog, Sequoia. The best part was that I was not expecting a puppy! She is now a part of my family.
    Happy Holidays,

  11. Hi! The best present I've ever gotten was my guitar. I wanted one for quite some time and then, for Christmas it came true! Now I love finding out how to play new songs and playing for my friends!
    -Have a wonderful holiday,

  12. Hey! A special little shout-out to my penpal Sally! You rock! Moving on, the best gift I have ever received was an ipad2. I had been wanting one for quite some time. Unfortunately, I dropped it on the floor and its screen cracked. hahaaa... :)

    -Mina A. :D

  13. Hi! The best gift that I have ever received for Christmas was my first puppy, Maya. I wanted a puppy so bad and it finally came true! She is so cute!! This year I am asking for mostly clothes and shoes. Happy holidays!

    -Ashlyn Gary

  14. My favorite gift ever was my Lego Harry Potter castle. I worked on it all summer with my dad and my brother. I also love my Lego Harry Potter video game. I play it with my friends. For Hanukkah I want Lego Harry Potter 2. Also Lego Pirates of the Caribbean. I hope everyone likes their winter break and the presents that they get! - Colin

  15. The best gift I have ever received was the gift of the Levy family's friendship. We cherish all three of them and love the time we spend together. Happy Holidays to our pen pals!
    Mrs. McEvoy

  16. My favorite gift I can remember was when I received a Wii for Christmas a few years ago. It was a total surprise and a lot of fun! I hope everyone has a great winter break!!

  17. The best Hannukkah gift I ever recieved was a trip to Mexico that my mom took me on. I had so much fun and made new friends that I will keep in touch with for a long time. I hope everyone has a spectacular winter break!


  18. Hi penpals!
    The best gift I ever got was a little brother, even though it wasn't on a specific holiday. My brother and I have so much fun together now. I hope everyone has a wonderful vacation.
    ~Sean S.