The Twelve Books of Christmas: The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen

I couldn’t post yesterday’s suggestion for Twelve Books of Christmas since I didn’t have electricity the entire day. When you move from the capital to the country, every big storm with trees falling on the wires can cause a power outage… but it’s idyllic otherwise. Mostly…
Anyway, The Fir Tree by Hand Christian Andersen. I cried like crazy when I read this as a child. And when I read The Little Match Girl and The Little Mermaid, I cried so much that my mother threatened to stop buying me new books! As a child, I didn’t understand the message behind The Fir Tree. Being happy with what you have instead of wishing for something else ‒ that’s a tough one for every child since most of them just want to become adults as soon as possible so they don’t have to listen to others, of course. What do you think about Andersen’s fairytales? Are their messages too far-fetched for children? Do they help teach children empathy?
I wish you all a Happy New Year, or at the very least, better than 2020!

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