For the December Junior Saints, school children from throughout the Archdiocese of Washington drew depictions of the nativity scene at the very first Christmas while contemplating the true meaning of Christmas. 

Haley, fourth grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons, Maryland 
“To me Christmas means a time to celebrate Jesus coming down from Heaven to save (us from) our sins. It is a time to celebrate us having a savior.” Molly Hurley, fourth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C. 
“I think that Christmas is a time to rejoice about the birth of Jesus and love him, and you can celebrate with your family and friends and love God on this beautiful holiday." Holly Mott, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“Christmas means a lot to me. Christmas was the day Jesus was born. If that day didn't happen, we would not be here today. I am glad Mary and Joseph found a place to have the baby since everyone didn't have room for them in their homes. I love God with all my heart and I can't imagine if his birth never happened. I am very grateful to God for bringing Jesus into our lives." Kosidinna Achikeh, seventh grade, Saint Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland. 

“Christmas means family to me. It is when fireplaces are lit up, warm faces are smiling, and a holiday made to enjoy.” Sunhee Han, seventh grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland 
“To me, Christmas means getting together with my family." Maya, third grade, St. Columba, Oxon Hill, Maryland 
“Christmas to me means that we have to spend time with our family. When Jesus was born the Holy Family came together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Each Christmas is a new beginning." Dasia Gumapac, seventh grade, Saint Pius X Regional School, Bowie, Maryland
Cabrina Fronda, sixth grade, Saint Columba School, Oxon Hill, Maryland
“Christmas means so many things to me. One thing Christmas means to me is that it's a celebration for the Lord's birthday. I try not to think about candy canes and presents too much, because that's not what Christmas is really about." Tilly Cissna, fourth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington, D.C. 
“Christmas is time for joy and cherishing family time and the plentiful food and gifts we are blessed with. We should always be grateful for these qualities that some people don't have.” Anamaria Palacios, seventh grade, Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Kensington, Maryland
“Christmas is a time when we spend time with friends and family. It is also a time when we get to celebrate Jesus Christ's birthday.” Angelina Ortega, Academy of Saint Matthias the Apostle, Lanham, Maryland
“What I love about Christmas is all of your family comes together and appreciates what God has given us. Christmas is not about all of the gifts, it is about all of your family celebrating Jesus' birthday." Katie Morrison, fifth grade, St. Bartholomew School, Bethesda, Maryland.
“To me the first Christmas was a very happy and joyful event. It was important because it's when our savior Jesus Christ was born. I know sometimes our focus can go on presents but we all really need to try to focus on God and Jesus." Gabriella Beall, seventh grade, St. Mary's School, Bryantown, Maryland
“Christmas is a time to praise the Lord because it is the day Christ was born. People gather with family and friends for a big feast.” Daniel Fry, fourth grade, St. John the Baptist School, Silver Spring, Maryland