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Narrator: Once upon a time in a small Russian town, there lived a woman called Babushka. One day she was outside her home talking to a neighbor.
Babushka: I like to keep my house clean, that is why I am always cleaning, sweeping, polishing and dusting.
Yulia: I know that. Your house is the most tidy house in the whole village. And your garden is beautiful and your cooking is wonderful.
Babushka: I like to keep myself busy all the time.
Yulia: Well, I have to go. See you tomorrow.
Babushka: Have a nice evening.
Yulia: You too.
Narrator: Since Babushka was always busy, she didn’t hear all the villagers outside in the village square talking about and looking at the new star in sky.
Villager 1: Look at that shining star!
Villager 2: It´s so beautiful.
Narrator: Babushka looked through the window and she saw all the people gathered and talking about the star.
Babushka: All this fuss about a star! I don’t even have the time to look because I’m so behind with my work. I must work all night!
Narrator: So, she missed the star as it shone brightly, high overhead. Meanwhile the villagers kept looking at the sky.
Villager 3: Look! That little line of twinkling lights, they are coming down towards our village.
Villager 4: Do you hear, what I hear?
Villager 5: Shhhh, quiet everybody!
Villager 6: Those are sounds of pipes and drums.
Villager 7: Do you think that those lights come from the army or a procession of some sort?
Villager 8: Let´s go home and everybody, close your doors!
Narrator: So the villagers went home, and the town remained in silence.
Babushka: Oh, finally everything is quiet…. mmm … but… I can hear some footsteps…. and they seem to come this way. Who could it be? … Oh well I must not worry, I have to keep cleaning.
Narrator: Suddenly there was a loud knock at the door.
Babushka: Now what is that?
Narrator: But when Babushka opened the door she was amazed. There were three kings at her door with one of their servants.
Servant: My masters need a place to rest. And yours is the best house in the village.
Babushka: Do you want to stay here?
Servant: Yes, it would only be until night falls and the star appears again.
Babuska: Come in, then.
Narrator: The kings came inside the house.
Three Kings: We are pleased to see all the home-baked bread, pies and cakes that you have. You must enjoy baking.
Babushka: Yes, I love to bake and cook. But, please, sit down.
Three Kings: Thank you.
Narrator: Babushka started serving them and asking a lot of questions.
Babushka: Have you come a long way?
Caspar: A very long way.
Babushka: Where are you going?
Melchior: We’re following the new star.
Babushka: But where?
Three Kings: We still don´t know, but we believe that it will lead the to a new-born king, a King of Earth and Heaven.
Balthasar: Why don’t you come with us? You could bring him a gift like we do. I bring gold, and my colleagues bring spices and perfumes.
Babushka: Oh, I’m not sure that he would welcome me, and besides, what could I bring for a gift? Toys! I know I could bring a toy. I’ve got a cupboard full of toys. My baby son, passed away when he was small…. Anyway… I have to go to the kitchen to wash the dishes.
Balthasar: Wait. This new king could be your king too. Come with us when the star appears tonight.
Babushka: I’ll think about it. For now, I am going to make the beds so that you can spend the night here.
Narrator: As the kings slept, Babushka cleaned up as quietly as she could.
Babushka: I have a lot of extra work. And this new king, what a funny idea, to go with the kings to find him. No, that´s not possible, I have no time to dream about it, I have a lot to wash and clean. But… how long would I be away? And what am I going to wear? What about the gift? There is so much to do! The house hast to be clean when they’ve gone. I couldn’t just leave it.
Narrator: Suddenly it was night-time again, the star was in the sky, and the kings were ready to leave.
Balthasar: Are you ready, Babushka?
Babushka: I’ll come tomorrow. I must just clean here first and find a gift.
Three Kings: Very well. We have to go now.
Narrator: The kings went away sadly, and Babushka kept cleaning the house. When she finished, she went to the small cupboard, opened the door and looked at all the toys.
Babushka: These toys are very dusty. They are not for a baby king. I have to clean them all right now until each one is shining.
Narrator: After a few hours of dusting and cleaning, Babushka looked through the window. It was morning!
Babushka: It´s morning now. The star came and left… maybe by now the kings already found somewhere else to rest. I think I can easily catch them up, but I feel so tired that I have to sleep.
Narrator: So Babushka slept, and when she woke up it was dark outside.
Babushka: Oh, I slept all day! I can´t stay here…. I have to go and find the kings.
Narrator: And she put on her coat, packed the toys in a basket and ran down the road the kings had taken. When she reached a small town she went straight to the square and asked a group of people gathered there.
Babushka: Have you seen the kings?
People: Oh yes, we saw them. They went that way.
Babushka: Thank you.
Narrator: For days Babushka followed the trail of the kings and the villages got bigger and became towns. But Babushka never stopped. Then she came to a city.
Babushka: Now where can I go? I know… I´ll go to the palace, That’s where the royal baby was born.
Narrator: And she went to the palace.
Babushka: Excuse me, guard. I came to see the royal baby that was born here a few days ago.
Guard: There is no royal baby here.
Babushka: What about three kings?.
Guard: Oh yes, they came here, but they didn’t stay long. They continued their journey.
Babushka: But where did they go?
Guard: They went to Bethlehem.
Babushka: Bethlehem? I don’t imagine why. It’s a very poor place.
Guard: That’s where they went.
Babushka: Very well, then I´ll also go to Bethlehem.
Guard: Have a nice trip.
Narrator: It was evening when Babushka arrived at Bethlehem.
Babushka: I have traveled a long way. Now, I have to look for the kings in every hotel there is.
Narrator: She went into the local inn and asked about the kings.
Landlord: Oh yes, the kings were here two days ago. They were very excited, but they didn’t even stay the night.
Babushka: And what about a baby?
Landlord: There was a baby. The kings asked about a baby, too.
Babushka: Oh… what do you mean with… there was a baby?
Landlord: Well, if you want to see where the baby was, it was across the yard there. I couldn’t offer the couple anything better at the time. My inn was really full, so they had to go in the stable. Come with me, I´ll take you to that place.
Babushka: Let´s hurry up, please.
Narrator: Babushka followed him across the yard.
Landlord: Here’s the stable. I have to go now.
Babushka: Thank you, kind man.
Narrator: Then Babushka heard someone calling her.
Babushka: Yes, I am Babushka. How do you know my name?
Man: They told me that you would be coming.
Babushka: Oh, I see. Do you know where the family has gone?
Narrator: She knew now that the baby king was the most important thing in the world to her.
Man: They have gone to Egypt, and safety.
Babshka: What about the three kings?
Man: They have returned to their countries. But one of them told me about you. I am sorry but you are too late. It was Jesus that they found, the world’s Saviour.
Babushka: Oh, how sorry and sad I am. I have missed Jesus.
Narrator: And it is said that Babushka is still looking for him.
Author: Russian Folktale
Adapted by K I D S I N C O
What is Babushka? Babushka means Grandmother.
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