Once upon a time, long ago, in Germany, there lived a poor widow and her children in a tiny cottage. The mother had no money to buy her children a lot of gifts, but she so wanted them to have a tree. After putting the kids to bed, she went and cut a tree down and placed it in the house and decorated it with fruits, nuts and cookies she had made. The gentle mother then busily cleaned her house, in preparation for the most wonderful tradition of the year, the coming of the Christ Child, bringing gifts for Christmas Eve. She then fell into her bed exhausted and worried that her children would not have a happy Christmas.