24th of December - Christmas Eve
Finally it was there - the day all children and also the adults of Marigold Creek had waited for: Christmas Eve.
The excitement at the Buttercup farm was huge. Anabell and Elizabeth got up very early.
"I'm sooo excited! I wonder if the Christkind will visit us, while we are at church?", Anabell said.
"I think so!", Paddock looked down from his bed, "You know the Christkind can just work, when nobody's there."
"Why that?", Elizabeth asked.
Paddock paused... That was a good question. "Maybe...", he started, maybe she's very shy!"
Anabell agreed, "I think that's it!"
At the same time, Daisy already started to prepare the lunch for today.
She was planning to make a huge Christmas roast. Elsie and Bessie admired the Christmas tree.
"It looks beautiful, Daisy!", grandmother Buttercup said, "You really got an fantastic tree!"
"Thank you, mum.", Daisy smiled proudly, "Hornbull and the children chose it!"
"A wonderful tree, I can't wait until the lights will glow this evening!", Elsie meant.
Meanwhile Hornbull and his father-in-law talked about today's Christmas church.
"It was a great idea of pastor Hornigold to shovel the snow from the parc, so we can have the church service outside.", Angus praised, "He's a very nice man!"
"I agree, it was a fantastic idea! The Nativity play will be amazing this evening!"
Soon it was time for the lunch. Together the family enjoyed the delicious roast, Daisy made. As a dessert they had a Christmas fruit cake.
At around 4 o' clock the Buttercups went outside towards Marigold Creeks parc, where pastor Gabriel Hornigold already prepared the altar.
More and more villagers appeared, chatting about the coming Nativity play. Then the church service began.
But while Gabriel talked about the meaning of Christmas, someone peeked through the Buttercups kitchen window...
It was a little angel, who looked if the coast was clear.
"And?", another angel asked.
"Nobody is there!", the little angel said with a bell-like voice, "You can the tell the Christkind!"
Seconds later four angels entered the farmhouse, the most beautiful of them was the Christkind.
"What a wonderful tree!", she said smiling, "They took so much care in decorating it!"
"Let the lights glow!", the little angel yelled, who held now a teddybear, which was a present for Anabell.
The Christkind laughed, "I will. But let us first bring the presents. They all behaved so well this year!"
While one of the angels kept watch, that no mortal suddenly appeared, the Christkind and the other angels arranged the Christmas presents.
And then they left the house, quietly through the open window - but not without lighting the Christmas tree....
Meanwhile Gabriel Hornigold pushed the altar aside to have enough space for the Nativity play.
"I've heard that wonderful Mrs. Hawthorn prepared a very nice play with the nursery children!", he said good mooded, "And I don't want to say more than: Please enjoy the play and a "Merry Christmas" to all of you!"
Thereupon Katie started to play the piano and Alice, Peppermint, Angelica and Moonlight sang out loud "Silent Night, Holy Night". The play began.
All of the children played their roles fantastic!
Neither Rose nor Sparky forgot their text...
...the shepherds didn't fall, little Victoria wore the right dress...
and the crowns of the three Magi fitted perfectly.
(Sorry for the bad quality, I was a bit in a hurry with this picture O.O)
The Nativity play was a huge success and all the villagers cheered loudly. All wished each other a Merry Christmas, but soon it was time to went home in the warm houses. Like all the other families, also the Buttercups returned home. The children were excited and wondered, if the Christkind had visited them.
Anabell was the first, who slowly opened the door.
"The Christkind was here!", she yelled exuberantly happy, "And... And I see there are lots of presents!"
Fastly the rest of the family entered the house.
Fascinated they looked at the sparkling Christmas tree and the huge pile of presents.
"I got a rocking horse!", yelled Elizabeth and immediatly jumped upon it.
"Congratulations!", Daisy and Elsie said, "It's such a beautiful rocking horse!"
"And I got this amazing train!", Paddock cheered, "Now Lucky and I can play with the trains together!"
Anabell smiled at her new teddy, "And the Christkind brought me this teddybear!"
"What a cute bear", Bessie smiled, "You really deserved it, my dear!" Grandpa Buttercup nodded, "You behaved all so well!"
"There are some presents for you grandma and grandpa!", Anabell said, "You must look, what you got!"
"But I see many more presents with your names on it!", Hornbull, who looked at one of his own presents, grinned, "You must take a closer look! And you too, my dear!" He spoke the last words to his beloved wife, who was very effected by all those presents.
Daisy kissed him softly, "I will, Hornbull. Merry Christmas!"
"Merry Christmas my love!"
Let's leave the Buttercups alone - they for sure want some privacy at Christmas eve :D.
Thank you so much for accompany me and my villagers through the advent time :). I had so much fun writing those little stories and I'm very happy that you also enjoyed them that much!
I will have two weeks holiday now, so it can be that I won't be online that often.
I hope you enjoy wonderful holidays and I hope that you get great presents :D.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New year!