"What does Christmas mean to you?" Staff writer Joann Stevens and staff photographer Linda Wheeler went downtown to ask children their views of Christmas.

Chuck Mayo, 5, North Capitol and New York Avenue NW: "I think of wooden toys, trucks, cars, buses and window decorations."

Lawrence Davis 4,3600 block Park Place NW: "Christmas means my teacher said we're going to have a party. We're going to have jingle bells and all those things. Santa Claus brings the toys in. I saw Santa Claus and we took a picture."

Erica McKinney, 8, New Hampshire Avenue NW: "I think Christmas is fun. It's Jesus' birthday and I get toys. I get baby dolls and games. It might snow. We might have a Christmas party in school."

Rasan Golatt, 3, Sherman Avenue and Irving Street NW: "You buy toys and Santa Claus is the man who does ho, ho, ho.

Anita King, 10,300 block Livingston Terrace NW: "It's a lot of fun. We have a lot of snow and Christmas trees around. We decorate the trees with balls and a star on top."

Carmen Hutchinson, 4, 14th and Kalorama Road NW: "I want a doll baby, a little one, and a doll carriage. Santa brings the presents with his reindeer. I'm going to open the door for him.