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I'm sorry, but you're going to have to sit on the step for a while.
Hi. I'm Matthew.
Buttons has been silly and needs to spend some time on the naughty step.
I caught him unravelling all this wool, which has made a mess.
All right, Buttons. I'll keep you company while I tell everyone about
Sam and his time on the naughty step.
This story is by Mark Sperring and Tom McLaughlin,
and it's called Father Christmas On The Naughty Step.
Today was Christmas Eve,
and Sam could have been doing any number of lovely things.
He could have been making something yummy with his big sister, Nelly.
Or helping Rover with a last minute letter to Santa.
Or just daydreaming with Dad about all the wonderful Christmassy
things to come.
But Sam wasn't doing any of those lovely things.
Sam was sitting by himself on the naughty step.
Until the naughty step gave a familiar creak.
And, shiver me timbers,
down sat someone who'd sat there a zillion times before.
"Have you been naughty again?" sighed Sam.
Captain Buckleboots gave a woeful nod.
"Oh, Sam," he said, "I told the most terrible lie."
Then he held up a letter for Sam to see.
"Oh, dear," said Sam.
"I can't imagine anything naughtier."
But just then, high above their heads,
came the jingle-jangle of bells and a flurry of snow.
And, shiver me tinsels, down sat Father Christmas!
"Santa!" gasped Sam. "It's Christmas Eve!
"Shouldn't you be getting ready to deliver lots of lovely presents?"
Father Christmas gave a shameful sigh
and shuffled nervously on the step.
"Yes," he said, "But I've been bad when I should have been good."
Then they saw it. Dear, oh, dear.
Santa's name right at the top of the naughty list.
"It all began this morning," explained Santa,
"I took something that clearly did not belong to me.
"And even though I knew I shouldn't,
"well, I did.
Stop! cried that elves as I hurtled out of the workshop. Stop!
"neighed the reindeer as I sped downhill.
"But blistering baubles, I couldn't stop!
"And suddenly, everything was everywhere.
"To make matters worse, I started to laugh.
"But ho-ho-hum, not everyone found it quite so funny.
"Now," sighed Santa, "All I really want for Christmas
"is to be forgiven, but I don't know how."
For a moment, a sorrowful hush fell over the naughty step.
Then Sam had a wonderful idea.
"If you really want to be forgiven,"
said Sam, "You'll have to show you're really sorry.
"First, you'll need to pick up all the presents for the reindeer.
"Then you'll have two help the elves reload the sleigh,
"and the last but not least,
"you must promise never to do it again."
"Shivering snowflakes!" said Father Christmas.
"That's exactly what I'll do."
Just then, Sam's mum called up from the kitchen.
"You can get off the naughty step now."
And off they all went to say a heartfelt
and very seasonal sorry.
"Sorry, me hearties," said Captain Buckleboots.
"Sorry," said Sam, oh-so-sweetly.
And the next morning, not only did Sam find lots of presents
under the tree, but also, a most surprising apology.
"To Sam, I'm sorry I took your
"new train before you'd even had a chance to play with it.
"Next time, I promise to ask first.
"Have a Merry Christmas and be good.
So, despite Christmas getting off to a bit of a bad start,
in the end a very happy Christmas was had by all.
That story was called Father Christmas On The Naughty Step.
Buttons enjoyed that story
and is sorry about making a mess with the wool.
After all, he was only playing.
But playtime is over today.
And it's time for Buttons and for you to go to bed.
I'll see you again soon for another bedtime story. Good night.
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