Das Christkind braucht Hilfe

Das Christkind braucht Hilfe


Little Christkind needs help Once upon a time, there lived a little angel called Christkind. Like every year, on December 24th, he wanted to go to town to deliver his presents to all the children. And how the kids would love them! But Christkind didn’t pay attention and flew against a bird. The two had an accident. Oh dear! Christkind fell from his star and dropped into the deep. At the same time, the town had a Christmas market. This was where people met before getting presents later in the evening. In the far left, Rudy’s Dad had a chestnut stand, and Rudy helped sell them. But now, Rudy wanted to go home to his Mom. Rudy left the booth by the back door. And look what he found! Christkind had plummeted into a heap of snow! Rudy decided to help Christkind and to take it home with him. Rudy ran like the wind and carried Christkind all the way home. There, he showed Christkind to his Mom. Surprised, she said: “Christkind is very weak right now. He can rest here until he’s well again.” Rudy lay Christkind into his bed, and Mom made a cup of tea. This was when Christkind awoke and said: “Thank you so much. Just let me rest a little longer. That’ll make me feel better again.” “But” asked Rudy “who will bring the presents then?” “You Rudy, of course” said Christkind. “You’ll deliver the presents tonight. Look for my star …” And Christkind went back to sleep. Rudy ran back to where he had found Christkind. By now, the streets were nearly empty: Most people had already gone home and wanted get their presents. How should Rudy ever find the star, as Christkind had asked him to? That was when the church bells rang. Rudy looked up to the steeple. At the very top of the bell tower, the star had gotten stuck! What was Rudy to do? He had to sneak into the church and follow the stairs all the way up. Far, far up in the tower, Rudy opened a window. Very carefully, he climbed out onto the roof. The wind blew icy cold, and the great height was dizzying! The star was almost within Rudy’s grasp. Can he reach it? Yes, he did it! Rudy mounted the star and took off. Well done, Rudy! It was now high time that he delivered the presents. Rudy could peek into all the houses. People had finished dinner, and the children wanted to get their presents finally. Rudy swooshed from house to house. He sneaked into the room and quickly lay the presents under the tree. And before anybody could spot him, Rudy had flown off again. Finally, all the children were allowed to enter the room and get their Christmas gifts. It felt as if Christkind himself had brought the presents – But you and I know that Rudy had actually done it. Rudy had now delivered all presents. He was very tired and flew back home. At home, Christkind was feeling a lot better already. He said: “Thank you for delivering the presents, Rudy. You’ve saved Christmas!” “Er, you’re welcome” said Rudy. He was lost for words because Christkind looked so beautiful now. “It was … fun.” “Until next year!” called Christkind and flew off into the night. Rudy was so tired he went straight to bed. “Can I help Christkind again next year?” Rudy asked his Mom. “Who knows?” said his Mom. “Now that he has recovered … But why don’t you make some presents anyways?” “Uh-huh …” said Rudy, and fell asleep. He had forgotten that Christkind had left him a present, too. But that could wait until tomorrow. Goodnight, Rudy. Text, images and music by Leo Simmel. © 2016

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