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The Christmas Present
Once upon a time, there lived a stocking weaver called Paul Nicholas, with his wife and six children, three boys and three girls. He did not have enough work to do and the family was very poor. But, they were a happy family because they all loved one another and helped each other. They never complained about money. Winter was the worst time of the year for the weaver and his family. Everything cost more and work was scarcer to find.
One winter, just before Christmas, the weaver had set his heart on giving some little treat to his wife and children on the merry occasion of Christmas. Perhaps you can imagine his relief and joy when, just two weeks before Christmas, a merchant gave him an order for as many stockings as he could weave by Christmas Eve. He hurried home with the good news. How happy his children were! It meant that they would have a delicious Christmas dinner and a Christmas tree hung with presents for all of them.
Paul Worked for long
Paul worked for long, hard hours the next week and weaved a huge sackful of stockings to take to the merchant in the town. When the time came for him to set out, he told the boys to fetch a big fir branch from the forest for their Christmas tree and promised that he would bring back presents for them all and goose for their dinner. They watched him trudge off with the bulging sack over his shoulder.
Paul Planned to Buy
It was a lovely winter day. Paul walked on with his happy thoughts, hardly feeling the weight on his shoulders. He stopped only once in his way at a farm where he saw a fine fat goose and asked the farmer how much it would cost. He made plans to buy it on his way back home for their Christmas dinner. When he reached the town, he went straight to the merchant’s house. There he found to his grief and horror that the merchant was not at home. He had left only an hour earlier and his clerk told Paul that he must come back for his money three days later when the merchant would have returned home.
The Poor Weaver was numb with dismay
The poor weaver was numb with dismay. He begged the clerk for a small part of the money, but the clerk said he had no money. Paul’s heart sank as he thought of his hungry children waiting eagerly for him. He took his empty sack and started back. How the day had changed! The bright morning had given way to a gloomy late afternoon. Clouds had covered the sun. He plodded along wearily with sad thoughts. Night fell and the forest grew dark. Suddenly, some bright little lights shining through the trees caught his attention.
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Greatly surprised, he left the path and walked towards the lights until he came to a clearing. Dozens of shining little lanterns were hung from the branches of trees, as well as hundreds of apples and pears and nuts and sweets and toys. As Paul stood there wondering, a little gentleman-the smallest he had ever seen came up to him. He was exquisitely dressed in expensive furs and red leather boots. Paul did not know whether to laugh or to be afraid.
The tiny man bowed politely and said, “You are Paul, the weaver, and we know that you are hungry and tired and sad because you have nothing to take home to your wife and children for Christmas.” He then led Paul to a little shelter made of tree bark and fir branches where a small fire burnt brightly and a small table was laid with a snowy white cloth and beside it stood a chair made from a tree root. On the table were a bottle of wine and a covered plate of delicious food. “Eat!” said the little man.
He rose to his feet Wished Little Man a Merry Christmas
Astonished at what was happening, he sat down to eat. He had never tasted anything so delicious. When he had finished eating, the little man said-“Drink.” Paul poured a glass of ruby-red wine and drank it thirstily. All his tiredness had vanished. When he was done, he rose to his feet, wished the little man a merry Christmas and thanked him most gratefully for all his kindness and hospitality.
“Wait, wait a moment,” said the little man, “do you think you can manage to carry something in that sack of yours?” The weaver thought that he could, and the count led him to the trees that were laden with so many good things. “Take as many of these as your sack will hold,” said the little man, “ but if you let me give you some advice, I should take mostly apples and pears.”
The weaver did as he was told to and not wishing to seem too greedy or to disobey the little man’s request, he did take more apples and pears than any of the other things, though he also found room for a good many sweets and toys as well. When his sack was full, he hoisted it onto his back and said many words of thanks to the little man. Just as he was leaving, the little man spoke up again, “Take good care of what you have and make good use of it. It is a reward to you and your wife and children for being kind to one another and for mot complaining about your hard lives.”
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|As the little man stopped speaking, the lights among the trees suddenly faded and went out. He wondered if the whole thing was a dream, but the heavy sack on his back was real. He found his way back to the road and set off towards home briskly and happily. Strangely enough, he felt the sack growing heavier with each step. He didn’t mind it at first, happy in his own thoughts. But, as he reached the outskirts of his village, the sack had really grown enormously heavy and he had to ask a passer-by to help him. A little way ahead, they had to ask another passer-by to help him. |
A little further still, they were obliged to ask two other men to help them. At last, the four men, panting and struggling, reached the weaver’s house and dumped the sack by the door. Paul thanked his helpers and wished them a merry Christmas. The children and their mother rushed out to meet Paul. Together they carried the sack inside the house. The children opened up the sack and nuts, cakes, sweets, and toys were there, but the wonder of wonders-all the apples and pears had turned into gold and silver money!
They were all speechless with amazement as they saw the glittering pile of money. Paul told his family about his strange meeting with the little man. He did not forget the little man’s advice to him and said, “ If we want good luck to continue, then the first thing we must do is to find someone less fortunate than ourselves and bring them happiness too.” The children were delighted to think of helping other people, and they found twenty poor children who would have gone dinnerless and gave them a feast on Christmas day that they remembered all their lives.
End of Story
Paul continued to use his fairy-given fortune so kindly and so wisely that he became first a famous stocking-weaver, then a rich merchant and finally the mayor of his town. In spite of the high position he never ceased to help the needy people. He and his wife and their children and grandchildren were always kind and loving to each other, and eager to help any poor, honest people who had not been lucky enough to make the acquaintance of the friendly and magical little man.
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