Santa and the Poor Daughters
Baron Derbyshire was a kindly nobleman whose life was extremely hard. His beloved wife had died of an illness leaving him and his three daughters in utter despair.
After losing all his money in useless and bad inventions the family had to move from their castle in Yorkshire, England, into a peasant’s cottage, where the daughters did their own cooking, sewing and cleaning. When it came time for the daughters to marry, Baron Derbyshire became even more depressed as his daughters could not marry without dowries, money and property given to the new husband’s family.
One night after the daughters had washed their clothing they hung their stockings over the fireplace to dry. That night Saint Nicholas, knowing the despair of the father, stopped by the nobleman’s hovel. Looking in at the window Saint Nicholas saw that the family had already gone to bed. He also noticed the daughters stockings. Saint Nicholas was profoundly moved and he took three small bags of gold from his pouch and threw them one by one down the chimney whereupon they landed in the stockings.
The next morning when the daughters awoke they found their stockings contained enough gold for them to get married. Baron Derbyshire was able to see his three daughters marry, and he lived a long and happy life.