KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS: XMAS EDITION – ANNUAL HOLIDAY MAGAZINE

Ah, kids. Without their cherubic faces that light up at the thought of Santa coming to their house and leaving a pile of presents under the tree, the holidays would lose a lot of their joy and luster. And, let’s face it, the honesty from the mouths of babes can be at times heartwarming, at times stunningly wise, at times embarrassing, and many times, side-splittingly funny. Kids are a trip.

Keys Weekly was a fly on the wall when a group of children, supervised by their moms, got together to decorate a Christmas tree and eat treats. Perhaps stoked by a sugar high, they dove into the ornaments and decorated the tree in a minute flat. 

Meanwhile, we asked each child questions about the holidays. Here’s what they had to say. One answer that stood out: While most kids said their favorite reindeer was a certain famous one with a red nose, there were one or two surprise underdog reindeer that were named as favorites. Check out all their answers, below.

Nathanael

Known Aliases: Nate Age: 7 Home Turf: Middle Keys Mad Skills: Basketball

What are you giving to your parents as a present for Christmas? (Long pause.) I still don’t know. But I’ll think about it.

What is your favorite holiday treat? Candy!

How do you think Santa delivers all the presents to all the children around the world in one night? On a sled with magic reindeer.

Who is your favorite reindeer? Rudolph.

What is your favorite part of Christmas? Getting presents.

Chloe

Known Aliases: Chlo Chlo Age: 5 (and a half!) Home Turf: Upper Keys Mad Skills: Arts & Crafts

What are you giving to your parents as a present for Christmas? I’m going to make a special card for everybody that I know.

What is your favorite holiday treat? Fruitcake. My dad likes fruitcake, too.

How do you think Santa delivers all the presents to all the children around the world in one night? He doesn’t get any sleep.

Who is your favorite reindeer? Prancer.

What is your favorite part about Christmas? Getting presents. That’s my favorite.

Celeste

Known Aliases: Sweetheart Age: 3 Home Turf: Upper Keys Mad Skills: “Draw. Yeah, draw. (Turning in circles) Draw, draw, draw.”

What are you giving to your parents as a present for Christmas? A present to Mom, Daddy and myself, Chloe, plus Miranda, Martin and everyone. And even Spirit (a character in the movie about a horse called “Spirit Untamed.”)

What is your favorite holiday treat? Candyyyyyyyyy! I love candy. Chocolates. Turkey. Mashed potatoes.

How do you think Santa delivers all the presents to all the children around the world in one night? He goes in a sleigh and he drives the sleigh and the sleigh itself drives because it’s magical.

Who is your favorite reindeer? Sprinkles, ha ha! Sprinkle ice cream.

What is your favorite part about Christmas? Presents.

Timmy

Known Aliases: TT Age: 6 Home Turf: Middle Keys Mad Skills: Playing with Ghostbusters toys

What are you giving to your parents as a present for Christmas? A toy. I’m still working on it.

What is your favorite holiday treat? Gumbo.

How do you think Santa delivers all the presents to all the children around the world in one night? Because he has a very big sled.

Who is your favorite reindeer? Rudolph

What is your favorite part about Christmas? Opening presents.

miranda

Known Aliases: Nana Age: Age: “5, but almost gonna be 6.” Home Turf: Upper Keys Mad Skills: “I play spider tag game with my daddy.”

What are you giving to your parents as a present for Christmas? Haven’t thought about that yet. No ideas.

What is your favorite holiday treat? Cookies. Whatever cookies.

How do you think Santa delivers all the presents to all the children around the world in one night? He has magic.

Who is your favorite reindeer? Rudolph

What is your favorite part about Christmas? When you decorate the tree and when you open the presents.

martin

Known Aliases: Marchu or Baba Age: 4 Home Turf: Upper Keys Mad Skills: Playing in the living room with plastic animals

What are you giving to your parents as a present for Christmas? A toy. I’m still working on it.

What is your favorite holiday treat? Gumbo.

How do you think Santa delivers all the presents to all the children around the world in one night? Because he has a very big sled.

Who is your favorite reindeer? Rudolph

What is your favorite part about Christmas? Opening presents.

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Charlotte Twine fled her New York City corporate publishing life and happily moved to the Keys six years ago. She has written for Travel + Leisure, Allure, and Offshore magazines; Elle.com; and the Florida Keys Free Press. She loves her two elderly Pomeranians, writing stories that uplift and inspire, making children laugh, the color pink, tattoos, Johnny Cash, and her husband. Though not necessarily in that order.