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We wish all our  kind  Readers a very blessed Christmas!

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Melyiket a kilenc közül? (népmese) - Which One of the Nine?
Melyiket a kilenc közül? (népmese) - Which One of the Nine?

This is a folk tale about a poor bootmaker who had nine children.  His wife had died and he tried to make the best of it.  One Christmas Eve, he had nothing to give the children by way of presents, only a beautiful Christmas song of joy and celebration that he taught them.  And the children sang and made merry.

The rich owner of the house, who had no wife nor children and was bored, was bothered by the children's singing.  He offered to adopt one of the bootmaker's boys and make him a great lord. But the bootmaker could not part with any of them.  Then the houseowner offered him a thousand pengős if they would just not sing.  The bootmaker accepted, but then could not stop singing.  He ran to return the money to the houseowner, because for him, being able to sing whenever he wanted was worth more than all that money.  

We have included the song they sang in the story.  It is an old one, going back to the 17th century, and is widely known. 

 

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