This year, for the Compass’ annual Just for Kids Christmas contest, students in grades pre-K through 12 were asked the following question:
“If you could travel back to Bethlehem, what special holiday food or treat would you bring to the stable and why?”
Art was to be based on the Gospel readings for any of the Christmas Masses.
In total, The Compass received 83 essays and 74 pieces of artwork from 28 classes and private family submissions. The winners are in the Dec. 19 Compass issue, and posted on this website.
All the artwork (in a slideshow presentation) can be viewed below.
GRADES PRE-K to 1
I would bring candy canes to the stable in Bethlehem. Mary and Joseph and all of the shepherds and wise men would like them. They are one of my favorite Christmas treats and they are shaped like shepherd’s hooks.
By Kolbe Donnermeyer, Kindergarten, age 6)
Grade 1, Holy Family School, Brillion, Teacher: Laurie Wagner
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring strawberry Jell-O and sweet fruit fluff back to the stable. I like these treats and I’m thinking Jesus would like them, too.
By Mitchell Winrich
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring red Jell-O and chocolate cake back to the stable. I think Jesus would like these treats because I like them, too.
By Cole Micke
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring good chocolate pudding back to the stable. I would bring the pudding because Baby Jesus would love it.
By Clare Desllmann
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring delicious candy canes back to the stable. I’d bring candy canes because they taste good and are in the shape of the shepherd’s cane.
By Kaylee Lamers
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring pudding with molasses back to the stable. Jesus would like it because I think he likes pudding. I like pudding, too.
By Christopher Timm
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring a chocolate Santa and yummy chicken back to the stable. I would bring these treats to Jesus because I love Him and He loves me.
By Preston Ruebl
Grade 1, Lourdes Academy-Cabrini, Oshkosh, Teacher: Missi Clausen
I would give to Mary and Joseph bread and wine because it is delicious.
By Ava Copening
I would bring a feast because everybody could eat.
By Quin Ruark
I would bring angel cake because it has angel in it.
By Isaac Krentz
I would bring Christmas cookies because I help bake them!
By Sophie Gonzalez
I would bring to the stable fruit and brownies with powdered sugar because he needs healthy food for him. My Grandma makes really good brownies with powdered sugar.
By Anika Leitch
I would give to baby Jesus blankets so he is warm.
By Ryder Mullen
“If I went to Bethlehem, I would bring ice cream. I would bring this because we are celebrating Jesus’ birthday.”
By Elizabeth Keliher, grade 2; Member: St. Jude Parish, Oshkosh
I would bring peppermint bark because it is really good and I think baby Jesus would like to try some. It is my favorite Christmas candy that my family makes.
By Noah Donnermeyer, grade 3, Appleton
Grade 2, St. Mary of Immaculate Conception, Greenville
If I could go to Bethlehem, I would bring a lot of little star cookies with yellow sprinkles. They represent the star that came to the shepherds. I’d bow down at the edge of his manger and gently give little baby Jesus a star cookie.
If I went to Bethlehem I would bring chocolate ice cream because it is hot in Bethlehem. If there family would like to try chocolate ice cream, I think the Holy Family would like it. I would bring anything for Jesus, because I love Jesus with all my heart. I love you Jesus.
By Eve Vosters
If I could go back to Bethlehem and bring back a treat it would be …CAKE!!! The reason I’d bring cake is because the candles would warm the baby. Cake makes everybody want to party. Also it and frosting and everybody loves frosting! It even has sprinkles and everybody loves sprinkles. Yummy cake!
By Anya Smith
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring Jesus warm milk because he would probly be cold and it would be warm. Jesus would warm up and some soup because soup is warm too. And fresh cake because it is his birthday.
By Kendall Ewing
Grade 2, Holy Family School, Brillion, Teacher: Laurie Wagner
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring sweet Hershey Kisses back to the stable. I would bring Jesus the Hershey Kisses because one time Santa Clause brought one to me and I thought Jesus would like them, too! I bet the kisses are as sweet as Jesus.
By Elizabeth Schmidt
If I could travel back to Bethlehem, I would bring delicious candy canes and sweet chocolate coins back to the stable. Since I like sweets Baby Jesus would like sweets, too! Since Jesus is our shepherd the candy canes are the shepherd’s staff. I love you, Jesus.
By Tarik Schneide
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring tasty brownies and a York Peppermint Pattie back to the stable. Jesus would like the brownies because brownies taste good and they’re sweet. York Pattiesm have a wonderful smell and its tastes like mint. Jesus is sweet like these treats.
By Anna Peters
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring juicy fruit snacks back to the stable. I would bring these pure 100% juicy fruit snacks because Jesus is as juicy as me. Jesus is very friendly because he forgives sinners. THAT is what makes him juicy!
By Jason Hood
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring yummy chocolate chip cookies and Christmas M & M’s back to the stable. I would bring these treats so Jesus would have something to eat because maybe Jesus would have nothing to eat. These treats are as sweet as Him.
By Logan Schmidt
Grade 3, St. Joseph School, Green Bay, Teacher: Mrs. L. Gerlach
If I could travel back in time to Bethlehem, I would bring the Holy family 3 gallons of water in case they’re really thirsty. I would bring them vegetables because it’s really healthy. I would bring hay and grass for the animals to eat and stay healthy.
If I could travel back in time to Bethlehem, I would bring fruit because it is healthy and juice. I would bring turkey or chicken to keep your bones strong. I would bring carrots to help them see well. I would bring hot cocoa to keep them warm.
By Dylann Kersten
If I could travel back in time to Bethlehem, I would bring apple pie and water to the stable, because they are probably hungry and thirsty. The things I would bring to the animals and the rest of the people are a lot of water so they can drink and food like fruits and vegetables.
By Sydney Whitehouse
If I could travel back in time to Bethlehem, I would bring to cookies for the people in Bethlehem and for Baby Jesus. I would bring to Bethlehem apple juice for the people and for Baby Jesus.
By Zachary LeMieux
If I could travel back in time to Bethlehem, I would bring the Holy Family and Baby Jesus cookies and fruit in case they get hungry. I would also bring water in case they get thirsty.
By Immanuel Peter
Grade 4, St. Joseph School, Green Bay, Teacher: Mrs. L. Gerlach
If I could travel back in time to Bethlehem, I would give the holy family some meat and water. Because they had a long way to travel, the water and meat for protein would keep them from passing out.
By Nathan Ingold
If I could travel back in time to Bethlehem, I would bring Baby Jesus and Mary sweet potato pie, so Baby Jesus and Mary could eat a nice little dessert. I also would bring Baby Jesus, Mary, and the animals nice cups of cold water. So Baby Jesus, Mary, and the animals wouldn’t get thirsty.
By Koran Jones
Grade 4, St. Bernard School, Green Bay
I would bring my dad’s carmel corn. The popcorn is rich and golden like the gold the wisemen brought.
By Connor Gilson
I would bring three gingerbread men to represent the three wise men that came to Jesus when he was born and a gingerbread star for the star of Bethlehem. If it was cold at night I would bring with the gingerbread star and gingerbread men, hot apple cider.
By Callie Pakkala
I would bring a candy cane because it would represent that it’s a treat made for him. It its up-right, then it looks like a shepherds staff, and it is the other way it’s a “J” for Jesus. The white shows how pure he is, the red is for his blood.
By Allison Linsmeier
I would bring Angel food cake to the stable in Bethlehem. It represents the angel Gabriel coming to Mary to tell her she will have God’s son and that Joseph will be the dad.
I think it is sweet that Mary and the strawberries are as red as her heart and that is why I picked it.
By Lily Blahnik
If I could travle back to Bethlehem I would bring…a candy cane. The red would represent Jesus blood and the white would present how clean are hearts are after he washed them out. The curve would represent a shephard’s cane. And he is the biggest shepherd. I would be as sweet as him.
By Ashlee De Grave
Grades 3 and 4, Most Precious Blood, New London, Teacher: Mrs. Cathie Curns
If I could go to Bethlehem I would gift Jesus with our yummy gingerbread cookies we have at Christmas time. It has a great, tangy, sweet flavor. I don’t know why he wouldn’t like them. They’re so gingery. It is the Christmas season. We do make gingerbread cookies and gingerbread houses.
By Olivet Stein, grade 4
I would bring Jesus cookies, hot chocolate, fruit, peeps and milk. I’d bring cupcakes, chocolate coins, water, candy bars or caramel apples. He might like chocolate cake and ice cream.
I would bring ice cream because it is hot in Bethlehem. Soda would be good because it is cold and refreshing. I would bring eggnog because it is sweet.
By Bryce, grade 3
If I went to Bethlehem I would bring Jesus cookies that I made with my grandma. I would bring a jug of water, because it is hot in Bethlehem. I would bring a whole basket of food and drinks.
By Lily, Grade 3
If I went to Bethlehem and gave Jesus a treat it would be a candy cane. I would give Jesus a candy cane because it has a form of a staff.
By Kline Karpf, Grade 3
If I went to Bethlehem and met Jesus I would bring chocolate, because it is so sweet, (and because it melts in my mouth.) Mint, because they make my breath minty and fresh.
By Carson Gregory, Grade 3
If I were to go see Jesus in Bethlehem I would bring chocolate covered balls. Tootsie rolls also, couple chocolate caramel hearts. Also little jellybeans and yummy peeps./ And candy canes and carny corn gooey apples. Marshmallows and tasty chocolate chip cookies, lollipops gummy bears and Starbursts.
By Gianna, Grade 3
If I could go to see Jesus I would bring hot chocolate because he probably was cold. I would also bring eggnog because it’s so sweet. Also starburst because it’s juicy.
By Terry Schoultz, grade 3.
I would bring him big chocolate cookies. I would give him some ice cream. If I met Jesus I would bring him a pretty cake. If I met Jesus I would bring him a root beer float. I would bring Jesus a chocolate bunny.
By Rianna, grade 3
I would give Jesus applesauce because it is soft for him to eat. Pumpkin pie, because he would probably like a little treat. Bread, because it is like receiving holy communion. Milk, because he might be thirsty and vegetables because they are health for you.
By Karlee, grade 3
I would bring treats because he will have something good to eat. I think he will like ice cream bars because it is very very hot in Bethlehem. For a drink I would bring some cold milk for him to drink when he is thirsty.
By Heidi, grade 4
If I went to Bethlehem to see Jesus I would bring Christmas cookies with lots of frosting to eat. I would bring blueberry muffins to get all messy with! Also I would bring mints to suck on while you play! I would also bring warm apple cider to drink after a cold day outside.
By Isabella Sloma, grade 3
Grade 5, St. Margaret Mary School, Neenah, Teacher: Mrs. Supples
If I could travel back to Bethlehem, I would bring Jesus a piece of my bread. It is my special bread that is part of my feast that I always eat during Christmas. But other than the special bread I would give him my everlasting love and thanks. I would say, while giving baby Jesus bread, “Thanks you for what you’re going to do in the future.”
By Agii Kerwin
If I traveled back to Bethlehem I would bring baby Jesus a picture of my family. I would bring him a picture of my family because he was the one who created this beautiful family. My family supports me with all I do and Jesus created us. Jesus gave me the best gift ever-my family.
By Julia Shrofe
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring a marble because to me marbles bring luck and happiness. I know it doesn’t sound like anything big, but all the joy inside the mind of everyone, anything, even a marble can last a lifetime.
By Frank Whiting
If I could travel back to Bethlehem, I would bring lefsa. Lefsa is like a very thin potato pancake. My family and I make it every year at Thanksgiving. Lefsa is Norwegian. When we make it, it reminds me of the Eucharist. I thank God for lefsa.
By Julia Marti
I would bring Jesus a cookie. Every year my mom makes cookies on Christmas eve and we watch The Polar Express. I love it. You can feel the joy in the air. I want to share that feeling with Jesus. He deserves it. He died on the cross for us.
By Ryan Ortscheid
Grade 5: St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Teacher: Mrs. Yvonne Alexander
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring caramels because it’s Jesus’ birthday, and I could celebrate with Jesus, and I would get to meet Jesus.
If I could travel back in time and bring a food, I would bring donuts because when Jesus was crucified he had nails in his hands and feet and they left holes in his hands.
By George Albers
I would bring milk and cookies to Jesus because they go good together. Besides if Santa likes so would Jesus the newborn King.
By Allison Harikkala
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring stuffing because I love stuffing and they were probably hungry so they would like it too.
If I could travel back in time to the stable where Jesus was born I would bring a cake because that is when Jesus was born and Jesus is the Savior so it is important that he has a cake for his birthday
By Ella Oestreicher
I would want to bring back ham and frosted cookies. I’d bring these foods back because ham would be something they could make. I’d bring back frosted cookies because they’re my favorite treat and baby Jesus would need sweets when he is born.
If I could travel back in time to Bethlehem I would bring them blessed bread and wine to remind them of God.
If I could travel back to Bethlehem I would bring cupcakes, beef and water. I would bring the beef for the adults to eat, cupcakes for Jesus and the water for everyone.
By Mason Weyer
“If I was at Jesus’ birth I would bring cupcakes because they did not have them back then. Another reason I would bring cupcakes is because I love Him.”
By James Keliher, 6th grade; Member: St. Jude Parish, Oshkosh
“Bringing a treat to baby Jesus, the King of Kings, would be a real honor. Since He is so worthy of our love and obedience, he is surely worthy of a delicious treat. I would bring a chocolate cake. A rich, creamy, warm chocolate cake is the perfect cake for the perfect King.”
By Kendra Keliher, Oshkosh, 9th grade; Member: St. Jude Parish – Oshkosh
Grade 6, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Teacher: Mrs. Yvonne Alexander
If I could travel to Bethlehem, I would bring ham or turkey to help nourish the newborn Jesus Christ. Also I would bring peanut butter balls because he would probably love them. I would bring some nice cold chocolate milk to help Jesus have strong bones and a healthy body.
If I went to Jesus’ birth I would bring cookies because they aren’t that hard to make and a lot of people like them. One more thing is that they would be easy for the baby Jesus to eat. One last thing is that cookies are not as heavy so that they are easily portable.
If I could travel back to Bethlehem the holiday food that I would bring is apple sauce. The reason is that both adults and babies can eat it, and it’s healthy for us.
I would bring a gingerbread house to Bethlehem. There would be gummy bears to represent the Magi, marshmallows to symbolize the shepherds and their sheep. This would welcome our Savior into our lives on this special holiday of Christmas.
By Catherine Moen
If I could bring a holiday treat to Jesus’ stable, I would bring a fruitcake. I would do this because fruitcake is very good and it would be good for a while because it wouldn’t spoil in the hot and humid climate of Bethlehem.
By Izzy Simon
If I could bring something to Bethlehem, I would bring a warm cake because Jesus makes me feel warm and comforted. Jesus is also beautiful just like a decorated cake.
By Jenna Bovee
If I went back to see Jesus I would bring a salad. Would bring a salad because it is healthy and do you want a chubby baby? Another reason would be the animals can eat it, too.
By Kathleen Burns
If I could bring any food to Jesus, I would bring him chili because chili is my favorite food, and I would love to eat with Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. To meet them would warm my heart.
By Alycen Kloss
The following essays arrived too late for the committee’s judging and answered a different essay question. The students used The Compass website to answer the 2013 essay question:
“The Magi brought three gifts — gold, frankincense and myrrh. Why did they bring these specific gifts? Is there another gift that you think the Magi should have brought? Why?”
Grade 5, All Saints School, Denmark
When Jesus was an infant, probably only a few days old, the Magi brought gifts to honor him, because he was the King of Heaven and Earth. They brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Why did they bring these gifts? You are about to find out.
Many researchers have discovered possible uses for these items. It could have been because they were trying to protect him from arthritis. Medical researchers have discovered that frankincense can be used to ease the pain. It also could have been that the Magi were giving him these gifts to represent his life and status. Gold is being his status as a king, frankincense being his status as a priest, and myrrh foreseeing his death on the cross. Of course, the most likely explanation would be that they were simply honoring him with gifts that were common to give to kings. I think that the Magi should have given him clothes and a new place to stay, because he was currently wrapped in large pieces of cloth, and was sleeping in a manger in a barn. No one will really ever know why they brought these specific gifts.
By Isabella Kafka
The Magi were a group of people who visited Jesus after his birth. They traveled a long distance to get to baby Jesus. They brought three gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Gold is a hard metal. Frankincense is an aromatic resin. Myrrh is a natural gum.
I think the Magi should have brought silver coins. Silver coins would be nice with the gold. The Wise Men should have brought gold coins. If they did bring coins they should have brought a golden crown. A golden crown would have been nice because Jesus is the king of everyone.
I think they should have brought silver coins because Mary and Joseph could have sold them to get some money to get a hotel room. The golden crown would have been nice since Jesus is a king. But if Jesus had a crown he would be swarmed.
By Ryan Kvitek
I think that the Magi brought three gifts to the baby Jesus because God sent Jesus to be king of the world. When a baby is born, it is nice to give the parents a gift. The Magi knew that Jesus was a very special baby because the star was above the stable. Jesus was the king of kings and he deserved to be treated like royalty. Gold, frankincense and myrrh were very valuable. Gold is shiny and rich. Frankincense made the stable smell better. Myrrh was precious oil.
I think that the Magi should have also brought lumber for Joseph to build a better place for Mary and the baby to sleep. Joseph was a carpenter, so he could have built a nice hut or hotel for his family. They could have also brought some food for the Holy Family to eat.
By Joseph Dimeo
When the Magi brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus, I think it was because they where standard gifts for a king at the time. Another reason could be because of the things the gifts can do.
Frankincense can cure arthritis and it is used in perfumes and incenses. It is an aromatic resin from plants. I think they brought myrrh because it is also an aromatic resin and it can be made into anointing oil. I think they brought gold because it is a precious metal. Also frankincense represents his priestly role and gold represents his kingship. I think they should have brought their service because Jesus had no place to stay and when he grew up he would need help preaching. I wonder if Jesus ever used his gifts? I think help is the most valuable gift they could give Jesus. I think I would have given Jesus help.
By Joseph Hall
Why did the magi bring gold fracensense and myrrh?
Acording to the Gospel of Matthew gold fracensense and myrrh were gifts to honor a king gold was a precious metal. Francensense and myrrh were oils used for annointing. The bible says bring fracensense and gold to praise the lord.
Matthews gospel does not tell the number of the magi. But many people belive since there was three gifts that there was only three wiseman.
Gold was a symbol of divinity. Pagan idols were made Of gold and the ark of the covenet was covered with gold. Frankencense was a white resin or gum. It was made got from a tree and highly in fragerence.
Myrrh was made like fracinsense it was made by cutting the tree and letting the the stuff run out of the tree. Sometimes they would put it in wine to make and article drink. The drink was given to the savior right before he was crusified
By Andrew Bergelin
Grade 3, All Saints School, Denmark
The Kings brought three gifts-gold, frankincense and myrrh. They brought these gifts to Jesus because they knew he was a king. Yes they could of brought silver . Why because they had gold, frankincense, and myrrh .
By Hannah Goral
The Wise men brought Jesus the gift of gold because it meant that you where a ruler. The Wise men brought Jesus the gift of frankincense because it is a sign of divient. Myrrh used in the Temple to Aniot. It was a symbol of how Jesus would die. I think the Magi shoud bring Holywater as another gift for Jesus.
By Morgan Brice
These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a King (Jesus) or to a holy being in an ancient world. The gift of gold was given as precious metal because it was a very valuable commodity. The gift of Frankincense was given as perfume or incense because it was used in worship. Myrrh as anointing oil symbolizing bitterness, suffering, and affliction. All that Jesus would suffer to pay the ultimate sacrifice. Rare food because babies are always hungry when they are born and there is none more rare than Christ our Lord!!
By Calysta Tielens
Frankincense, also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin used in incense and
perfumes.Myrrh is the aromatic resin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora.Gold is a chemical element with symbol Au and atomic number 79. I think they should’ve brought a crown, because he is the king of all people.
By Jonah Goestch