Here were their directions:
Think about your favorite holiday and how you celebrate it with your family. What are some special things that you do together as a family? Write about your favorite holiday. Be sure to explain at least three reasons that this holiday is your favorite. Use specific details to support your reasons. Remember to use interesting adjectives and vivid verbs to make your essay interesting to your readers.
Here is his A+ essay:
Snow. Movies. Giving. Christmas.
Candles let off the sweet scent of cinnamon, the warmth of the fireplace is magnificent, and we just wait. Wait to see what Christmas will bring this year. Christmas is a magical holiday where snow blankets the ground. Christmas movies flood the television, and the Christmas tradition of giving looms in the air. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.
Snow is one of the best parts of Christmas. For one thing, snow is a beautiful view for enjoying family time. When it's not too soft, my family and I love to make snowmen, when our dogs don't knock them over. Snow is the one thing that allows us to sled behind the 4-wheeler as well, which is a great way to finish the day before going inside to drink a nice cup of hot cocoa topped with whip cream and watch Christmas movies.
Watching Christmas movies with the family is the best way to conclude the day. Watching movies such as "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" and "Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer" are great ways to lift our spirits. Another great part about Christmas movies is, well, that's when we eat dessert, typically cookies and milk. All in all though, I simply love Christmas movies. There's simply no other way to put it. Although snow and movies are fun and all, there is nothing that compares to the tradition itself and what the tradition brings along with it. Giving, not receiving!
The Christmas tradition, giving, is what makes Christmas so heart-warming. Because of this tradition, numerous families, including my own, donate gifts and food to hose that can't afford to provide a nice meal and gifts for their children. The feeling after doing that is unexplainable. In fact, I think a lot of people have that same feeling, as people tend to be in a more cheerful mood and Christmas time, which makes the world a better place.
So as you can see, Christmas truly is a spectacular time of the year. I love the white, fluffy blanket of snow that covers the ground, the Christmas movies that air on nearly every channel, and all the mighty Christmas tradition of giving. All of these components in one day are the only way to make me say, "Christmas is my favorite holiday!" The candles are blown out, the fireplace is dying down, and another one is in the books. Another great Christmas!
What is your favorite thing about Christmas?