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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 servant. Their names were Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.
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 three kings came inside the house.
CASPAR, MELCHIOR, BALTHASAR: 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.
CASPAR, MELCHIOR, BALTHASAR: 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?.
CASPAR, MELCHIOR, BALTHASAR: 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 three 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.
CASPAR, MELCHIOR, BALTHASAR: Very well. We have to go now.
NARRATOR: The three 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?.
CROWD: Oh yes, we saw them. They went that way.
BABUSHKA: Thank you.
NARRATOR: For days Babushka followed the trail of the three 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.
BABUSHKA: 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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