805. Catch the light!

(This story is inspired by a delightful blog – WOLFBERRYKNITS. Bianca explains how to make lovely Christmas decorations out of discarded tea-light candle containers. I took up the challenge! The photos are of my efforts! The story is true!)


Poor Hansel and Gretel! First of all they had been given names in a fairy story, and people would poke fun at them. Then their mother upped and died, and so did their father who had just married again, to a horrible woman. The horrible woman quickly became a traditional nasty stepmother.

Hansel and Gretel decided to run away. And they did! They walked into the woods and saw a real traditional Christmas gingerbread house. They were breaking off a piece of windowsill to eat, because they were hungry, when a traditional hideous witch appeared and held them as prisoners.

“I’m going to fatten you up to eat on Christmas Day!” screeched the traditional hideous witch. “These things have to be done if you don’t have a turkey. But first you must make yourself useful.”

The traditional hideous witch produced a bagful of burned-up tea-light aluminium (called “aluminum” in some places) candle holders.

“There’s a way of turning these discarded things into Christmas decorations,” cackled the traditional hideous witch. “I saw it online. Do it! Waste not, want not!” She began to turn on the oven and get a large roasting pan ready to roast the “turkeys”.

Hansel and Gretel worked hard and hung the decorations they had made down the net curtains (called “sheers” in some places) in front of the traditional hideous witch’s French doors.


Gretel whispered to Hansel: “When she opens the oven we will shove the traditional hideous witch inside and slam the oven door shut!”

They were about to do that, when the traditional hideous witch saw the newly-made Christmas decorations hanging. She was flabbergasted!

“Oh children!” she exclaimed. “They’re just beautiful! What a wonderful job you have done! See how they catch the light!”


The traditional hideous witch was transformed, because she had said something nice. She became a beautiful queen, called Snow White, and Hansel and Gretel became a prince and a princess. They all lived happily ever after in the little crooked Christmas gingerbread house.

That first Christmas, however, they were visited by Three Kings on their way to Bethlehem. They had been following a star, and when they saw the little crooked Christmas gingerbread house with all the stars hanging in front of the net curtains they got terribly muddled. They knocked on the door to ask if this was the stable they had been looking for. They ended up staying the night. They took the formula for making the stars with them to Bethlehem.

“You never know,” said one of the Kings, “if the Baby in the manger might someday find the instructions handy if He ever wanted to create some more stars in the heavens.”

To listen to the story being read click HERE!

16 thoughts on “805. Catch the light!

  1. thecontentedcrafter

    I’ve been away for a couple of days and missed one or two stories – and I come back to this little wonder – what a GREAT story Bruce, you are catching the light all over the place! 🙂 You have gotten so very good at making Bianca’s stars and your window looks wonderful! I got such a lovely card and message in my mail a couple of mornings ago too – thank you so much! It quite made my day! Happy, Happy Christmas to both of you and the pets too xo

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  2. wolfberryknits

    Absolutely gorgeous, Bruce. My heart swelled with pride. 😀 you did such a beautiful job! And as much as the traditional hideous witch accidentally slicing through an artery with the metal edge might have been more expected, I really like the positive spin. 🙂

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks, Bianca! Your gnomes on your last posting have provided another source of inspiration. My leeks have gone to seed in the garden and they are the split image of your gnomes’ heads and hats – except green – so we have picked them for a vase and now have a vase full of Christmas gnomes!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thank you, Lisa. Happy Christmas to you and yours too! It’s Christmas Eve here – 7.15 pm. Santa visits New Zealand first! I’m so excited – because I know I’m getting a spray can of stuff to put on the car tires to make them black and shiny!!!!

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