The Beggar Boy at Christ's Christmas Tree

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The Beggar Boy at Christ's Christmas Tree (Russian: Мальчик у Христа на ёлке) is a Christmas-time short story written by Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1876. It was first published in A Writer's Diary, January 1876.


A beggar boy is enchanted by the view of a Christmas tree in the window of a mansion. Inside, he sees well-dressed children dancing and playing, surrounded by toys and delicious food. This hungry boy has been abandoned by his unfortunate parents and is forced to freeze on the streets of Saint Petersburg.

But the boy's dream comes true when he finds himself amidst New Year celebrations with other children. Carried there by a mysteriously quiet voice, he arrives at the "tree of Christ," formed by his dying dreams.