Among the Christmas traditions for children are Christmas stories. These extol values such as kindness or generosity on these important dates. In addition, also seek that the Christmas spirit captivates children through the various stories that have been written around the world using Christmas as the background of the entire plot. Christmas stories have a multitude of origins and although they are Christmas-themed, they transmit us the traditions of their place of origin.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL, CHARLES DICKENS (1843)
Ebenezer Scrooge is an old businessman who barely has a relationship with people and the only person close to him, Bob Cratchit, does not treat him in the most correct way since he remembers his former collaborators, Jacob Marley. Every day he repeats the same routine going from home to work and vice versa without stopping to talk to anyone.
The day before Christmas, Ebenezer was in his office when his nephew came in to congratulate him on Christmas and invite him to dinner that night at his home. As a person who hates Christmas, he throws it in a bad way by refusing the invitation. He then makes his employee Bob Cratchit work longer than normal and forces him to come earlier the day after Christmas to make up for the holiday hours. Once the orders are given, he goes home and goes to bed.
Out of nowhere, the spirit of his former partner appears to berate him for his attitude towards Christmas and warns him that three ghosts are going to visit him, one for each night to come. On the first night, the ghost of last Christmas appears and takes him to his birthplace where he could be seen as a child, in his first apprenticeship and became sensitive seeing the memory of his sister. On the second night, the ghost takes you to the present Christmas. He sees his helper celebrating Christmas as a family with his sick sonand his nephew having dinner as a family. The trip on the third and last night is to future Christmases where he sees himself dead without anyone feeling his loss while, on the other hand, he does feel sorry for the death of his assistant’s son.
Suddenly he wakes up with a start and realizes that it was all a dream and that he is on Christmas morning. He gets out of bed in a better mood than ever and quickly orders the best turkey in town for his assistant and communicates his raise. Then, he puts on his best clothes to go to his nephew’s house to enjoy the Christmas meal.
RUDOLPH, EL RENO
Once upon a time there was a reindeer that was born with a shiny red nose unlike all his friends. His name was Rudolph . Wherever he went, the other reindeer made fun of the color of his nose saying he looked like a clown. Little by little, Rudolph became so ashamed of himself that he shut himself up at home in sadness. Finally, a day came when he couldn’t take it anymore and, with the support of his parents, he left his town to go around the world fleeing from the ridicule.
He traveled miles and miles in solitude until on Christmas Eve luck crossed his path. That night, Santa Claus was preparing his sleigh to go out to distribute the gifts of all the children in the world. He was finishing tying up all the reindeer when out of nowhere an intense fog appeared and invaded all the skies of the earth. Santa Claus began to feel nervous because he saw that he was not going to be able to carry out his Christmas mission. Suddenly, he saw something red in the mist and went there. When he arrived, he met Rudolph and paid special attention to his luminous nose. Realizing that there was his solution, he asked him if he wanted to join in pulling his sled, to which Rudolph readily agreed. He then moved to the front of the sled. Thanks to the red and luminous nose that had been laughed at so much, Santa Claus was able to distribute the gifts to all the children of the world on the night before Christmas.
THE CHRISTMAS COOK
Once upon a time, there was a cook who was commissioned to prepare a menu for the Christmas meal. He was a brilliant cook, but for this particular occasion he couldn’t come up with a worthwhile idea. He discarded any menu that came to mind for not seeing it as good enough . Christmas Eve arrived and from exhaustion she lay on the kitchen table and began to dream.
It was Santa Claus and he was in his sleigh without reindeer going somewhere that he still did not know. Suddenly, he stopped in front of a house in the woods that was apparently empty. In addition, it was decorated with Christmas motifs, without forgetting the typical socks where the gifts should be placed.
He sat in the armchair by the fireplace and began to empty the contents of the sack. Different delicacies began to come out of it. In the first place, a cream cheese and bread whose smell fed just by smelling it. Behind her, a stumbling chicken soup. Finally, he produced a pork leg accompanied by a multitude of garnishes, all really appetizing. Then, he realized that the desserts were missing and he approached a small table in the corner and placed on it an apple and walnut cake, marzipan figures, port compote and polvorón ice cream. That is how his menu arrived, but not before filling his socks with homemade Christmas sweets.
Suddenly, he woke up to find himself asleep in the kitchen. He quickly got up and went to work preparing the delicious delicacies that he had seen in the house in the forest that he visited in his dream.
THE GINGERBREAD MAN
Once upon a time there was an older woman who lived in the middle of nature and who loved to use her oven to bake cookies and cakes. On Christmas Day he decided to make a gingerbread man that was not missing any detail and put it in the oven until it was crisp. Then, the old woman opened the oven and the man jumped running away. The woman began to chase him, but could not catch up.
Along the way he came across a duck, a pig and a lamb, which he surpassed in speed and hesitated to have left them behind as well as their creator. Suddenly, he came to a river where he encountered a fox . He also challenged him to see if he caught up, but he used his cunning. He tried to gain the trust of the gingerbread man by telling him that he was his friend and that he was going to help him cross the river.
Then the cookie trusted him and climbed up the tail on the cunning animal’s back. So much was the gingerbread man trust in the fox that he did not suspect anything when he told him to stand on top of his mouth to be more comfortable. Without warning, the fox opened its mouth, thus eating the gingerbread man . Then the older woman saw that she was not going to be able to get the cookie she had recently baked back and returned home to make another one.