The Twelve Books of Christmas

Papa Panov’s Special Christmas by Leo Tolstoy

On Christmas Eve, Papa Panov, the old village shoemaker, muses how he would like to gift the finest pair of tiny shoes he has ever made to baby Jesus. He dozes off and dreams Jesus telling him that he will visit him tomorrow. Papa Panov should carefully look for a sign. The next day, Papa Panov eagerly awaits his visit. While waiting, he helps three people. Old Panov does that spontaneously, not expecting anything in return, almost hurriedly since he doesn’t want to miss that special sign. Afterward, that same voice from his dream informs him that his wish had come true…

I think that this is one of the most beautiful Christmas stories since Papa Panov helps others without any hidden agenda, only out of his pure heart.

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