Chapter 1. The snowflakes drifted gently down from the sky, cascading like a million tiny stars in the night. The air was crisp and clean, the moon a glowing beacon of light in the dark night sky. But there was something else in this wintery nightscape that could not be seen, only heard: the jingle of bells ringing through the air, announcing the arrival of Santa Claus himself. The old man in red had been travelling since daybreak, but his reindeer were growing tired and needed rest. With a heavy sigh, Santa pulled his sleigh to a stop and took off his hat to wipe away the sweat that had collected on his brow. It seemed as if it would be another long night for him before he could finally take a break.