CHRISTMAS IS a time of year for making wishes. This year, when Young Post asked students what they wished for, their wishes were similar to adults'. It is not just exams and presents they are thinking about, but also more serious issues. With growing tension between the US and Iraq, many students wish for world peace. Amy, 15: 'No war again, please. The world longs for peace.' Mak Shuk-yee, 16: 'I wish all the lovely kids in the world, not only in America and England, but also in Israel and Afghanistan, can enjoy their Christmas.' Yip Sin-ting, 15, wishes for world peace in a broader sense. 'Not only for no war, but also that everyone treasures their own life.' Winnie Choi, 16, wants to take part in peace making. 'I want to build a more peaceful world which has no guns and weapons. I want to be an officer of the United Nations to settle all the conflict among countries.' Hong Kong's economic situation also worries students. Kristy Chan, 13: 'I wish all Hong Kong people can work with the same aim - to put Hong kong back on its feet and build a brighter future.' Some wishes reflect society's problems. Cheung Jung-fai, 17, St Francis Xavier's College: 'No more discrimination, wars or money-worshipping. Everyone, no matter whether poor or rich, can realise money and power are not the only things in this world.' Family issues were another topic of concern. Amabel Wong, 17: 'I don't like quarrelling with my parents all the time, but I cannot control my emotions when I am nagged by them for no reason. My wish is to have a better relationship with my parents.' Janice Yau, 17: 'I wish my mother would consider my feelings and give me more freedom to do what I want.' Agnes Cheng, 18, is happy with her family. 'I wish I could live with my parents forever. They always share their experiences with me and encourage me to live positively. I love them very much and I wish every kid could have caring parents just like mine.' Akina Lam, 19: 'I wish my mum could be alive again so I could be in her arms, telling her how much I miss her and how Christmas would never be the same without her celebrating with me. Mum, I wish you were here with me.' Examinations always worry students. Most students just wish for a good result in the public exams, but some students are more radical. Merrick Leang Sze-lut, 22: 'I wish the Education Department would abolish the HKCEE and HKAL.' Time management is not only a problem for working people. Leung Sze-ki, 15: 'I wish I could have a 'Recharge Day' I think that because we're too busy, some of us don't know how to appreciate the lovely world.' Kit Lin, 14: 'I hope people will stop moving so fast, take a rest and appreciate the things around them. I hope people will smile when they are happy, countries will hold hands together and people will sing together.' Some wishes were more traditional. Cheung Ngai-wa, 17: 'I want to go to a place where it will snow at Christmas, while I try to make a snowman skiing on the bright white ground. I want to sit in front of a fire and listen to Christmas songs.' This could be the ultimate universal Christmas wish. Wong Hiu-ting, 18: 'I wish we did not need wishes anymore because we were all satisfied.' These are part of the winning entries in Young Post's 'I wish . . .' competition on December 9. All winners will get a MUJI 2003 planning set to help them to plan the year ahead. All winners will be notified individually.