One day, the tree of the world was broken in two.
The bottom half of the tree was hanging from the top,
with only a thin piece of bark left holding them together.
Together with the tree, happiness was also separated.
The only way for the world to be happy again was for the people
to truly love the stars. With this love, the stars will shine so brightly.
One day those beautiful rays will become so strong, like a rope,
to lift up the lower half of the broken tree and to unite it once again
with the upper half, to be whole again as it was before.
This is why little Arseni wants very much to become a friend of the stars
but does not know the way. Should he wait for a star to fall
or should he find two thousand ladders to climb up and take one
from the sky? Maybe he should first find a fir tree, since the stars love
the fir trees very much? But how can he cut a fir tree, when by sacrificing
the life of a tree one cannot gain the love of a star?
The answer is hidden in the Christmas story his grandfather will tell him:
“It was Christmas Eve. A night when miracles are born. The first miracle
of that night was an emerald fir tree that was born in the most beautiful forest in the world. As soon as God saw it, He called a little angel and told him
to give the tree to the sweetest child in the world. The angel, presenting himself as a shepherd, went down to earth and began his searching...”