For the December Junior Saints, students drew pictures from the first Christmas and wrote about what the gift of Jesus means to them.

“Jesus is my favorite gift. Without him, I wouldn’t be able to be with God or to believe in him! He made others believe there is infinite happiness when we pass away. I wouldn’t be able to love God without him.” - Skarllett C. Mendez, eighth grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie
“Christmas is important to me because it’s when Jesus Christ was born. Its like a big party for a very special person.” - Holy Mott, sixth grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill
“To me, the gift of Jesus means that my savior has come. He has come to teach me, come to guide me. He has come to protect me; He has come to love me and support me. To me, the gift of Jesus means that I am saved. To me, Jesus is the best gift anyone could ask for. What a gift!” - Christine Ogunsanya, eighth grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie
“To me, Jesus is the gift of hope. He is the hope that we might love each other. The hope and promise of a new day. He is the hope for everlasting life with God. Through him, we have eternal life. He is the hope for the world.” - Jim Oster, seventh grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons
“The gift of Jesus is so important to me for many reasons. One of the reasons is that he came here to save us from hell and to get us to heaven. He also taught people how to act. Jesus also helped so many people. He resurrected people, healed and taught people. I am grateful for Jesus.” - Leilah Shell, seventh grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie
“What the gift of Jesus means to me: that there is hope for everyone to go to Heaven. To know that God gave his only son for us so that we could be saved is amazing. That means God really loves us and wants us to go to Heaven with him forever.” -Mariah Pleta, sixth grade, St. Columba, Oxon Hill

Thank you to everyone who submitted drawings!