New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: Kids List Xmas Needs

Many children, aged 6-14, interviewed in Monrovia and its environs on Christmas day by this paper called on the government to build more schools and playgrounds to enhance their upbringing.

"I am happy about Christmas because I am playing with my friends. I would like for Ma Ellen to build playgrounds for the children, as well as schools and hospitals because many parents don't have money to send their children to private schools and hospitals. The government needs to help our parents," 13-year old Angel Clerk of Congo Town told our reporter while enjoying Christmas with colleagues.

"I feel very excited about this day because the place is very hot (gregarious), and that we're playing and dancing. I would like for the government to build playgrounds, roads and schools," nine-year old Michael Yeah of Old Road, observed.

Christmas is both a consecrated religious break and a worldwide cultural and commercial singularity. For more than two millennia, people around the world have been observed the day with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular.

Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, a spiritual leader whose teachings form the basis of their religion.

In Liberia, thousands of Christians Tuesday joined millions of others across the globe in celebrating the day. They exchanged gifts, decorated Christmas trees, attended church services, as well as visited beaches and other entertainment centers as part of merrymaking on the day.

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