Aoki, and Ivan Gantschev
One cold day in December a fox was walking in the
forest. As he looked at the snowy trees, he remembered that it would
soon be Christmas. Then he heard something. He sniffed the air and
There fast asleep against a tree, was Santa Clause!
He was snoring. "Oh my goodness!" thought the fox. "Santa Clause has
come early this year. I'd better go and tell everyone he's here." So
he hurried off to tell all the other animals that lived in the
When they heard the news, the animals hopped, ran,
scampered, and flew to the tree. A squirrel chattered excitedly, and
Santa Clause slowly stretched, yawned, and then opened his eyes to
see the faces of a dozen little creatures.
"Why are you here?"
they asked him.
Christmas going to be early this year?" asked the
"I'm sorry if I've worried you, my friends," said
Santa. "I went for a long hike this morning to get in shape for
Christmas Eve, but I guess I walked until I got too tired. Maybe all
those heavy presents will be too much for me to deliver this
The animals looked alarmed.
that mean there won't be a Christmas anymore?" asked the
"No, no, no," said Santa in a kindly voice. "Christmas
hasn't got anything to do with me. Sit down and I'll tell you all
the story of the first Christmas.
happened long; long ago in a faraway placed called Bethlehem. Some
shepherds were watching over their sheep in the fields outside the
town. It was very quiet and still.
Suddenly a beautiful bright star appeared in the sky.
The shepherd heard a voice saying, 'Do not be afraid. I have good
news for you all. Today in the town of Bethlehem, the Christ Child
has been born. God has sent His Son to show what God's love is like.
Follow the star to his stable."
The shepherds followed the star over hills and
through valleys, across bridges and past little
"All the while the star shone brighter and brighter
until at last it stopped above a small stable. The shepherds and
their sheep stopped too, for there in the stable was a baby, lying
in a manger. The shepherds knew that this was the Son of God and
they knelt down and prayed."
"And that is what happened in Bethlehem
when the Christ child came. It's my favorite story because it
reminds me why we are so happy at this time of the year. Love was
the gift God gave to us on the first Christmas and it still is, you
know. And this love is far better than any present I can ever
Santa Clause put his hands in his pockets and looked
slowly around the circle of animals with a kind and happy smile upon
his face. "How silly we have been," said the fox, "to think that
Christmas was only about presents."
"So now you know!" said Santa. "But come on, you're
right that it's almost Christmas. Let's go back to my place and get
things ready." All the animals followed as Santa Clause ran off
toward his house. He didn't even look tired any more, because he had
remembered how much fun his work was going to
The animals stayed at Santa's house until
Christmas Day, and helped him every way they could. Of course, the
reindeer helped by going out with him to deliver the presents the
After a fine Christmas dinner, Santa gave every
animal a present. As they sat around the fireplace later in the day,
they all asked to hear Santa's favorite story again. It was a very
special Christmas Day for everyone.
Santa was sure that he had the nicest time of all
though, because he remembered that the best present ever is
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