Mark Bonnar - Russell's Christmas Magic CBeebies Bedtime Stories


Mark Bonnar - Russell's Christmas Magic

A story read by a special guest. Mark Bonnar reads a bedtime story all about Santa's sleigh breaking down. Can Russell the sheep help Santa?


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And if you tie it in a knot, it won't come off, you see.

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There we go. That's better. Hello.

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I'm Mark

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and I'm here in the CBeebies house to read you a bedtime story.

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It's feeling very Christmassy here

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and I'm wearing my favourite cosy cardie to tell you

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all about Russell the sheep and how he helps Santa save Christmas.

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Let's find out all about him

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in a story called Russell's Christmas Magic.

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And it's written and illustrated by Rob Scotton.

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'Twas the night before Christmas in Frogsbottom Field.

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Not a creature was stirring, except for Russell.

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As he was hanging the very last lantern on the old tree,

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a shooting star caught his eye.

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Closer and closer it came, brighter and brighter.

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And then... Whoosh!

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The shooting star snuffed out the lanterns

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and came down somewhere in Firefly Wood.

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"Now Christmas is ruined!" Russell groaned.

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And he trudged off to investigate.

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He came upon a small, round man brushing snow from his belly.

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"Santa!" Russell exclaimed.

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"Oh, you see? You see? You shouldn't see me!" Santa said.

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"The sleigh is broken and so is the Christmas Spell.

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"Christmas must be cancelled!" The sleigh was beyond repair.

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"First Christmas is ruined and now it's cancelled!" said Russell.

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What's a Santa to do?

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An idea bounced around in Russell's hat and settled on his head.

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He raced to his workshop, grabbed his tool chest

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and headed for a snowy mound.

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Russell dug and dug until a rusty old car emerged.

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"How can that help?" Santa asked and sighed.

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So Russell welded this part to that.

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He hammered and sawed and banged and clattered.

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Finally, he turned to Santa.

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"Well?" Russell asked sheepishly.

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"Russell, it's...it's...it's wondrous!

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"Magnificent! A thing of beauty!

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"A work of genius!" Santa gushed. "Will it work?"

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As Santa harnessed the reindeer to the new sleigh,

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they began to disappear. "I can't see you!" said Russell.

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"You see! Oh, you see! You can't see me!

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"The sleigh is fixed and so is the Christmas Spell!" cried Santa.

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"Christmas is uncancelled!"

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"Will you come with us?" asked Santa.

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"Will we be gone for long?" asked Russell.

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"For the blink of an eye," he replied.

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Russell felt for the sleigh and climbed aboard.

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"I can see you again!" he said to Santa.

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"Of course! Now you're part of the Christmas Spell!" cried Santa.

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"Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!

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"On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!"

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Up, up, higher and higher they flew.

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Across land, across oceans they sped.

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Through the magical Northern Lights they passed.

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They visited all the children of the world

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and left presents for each and every one.

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In the blink of an eye, they were back in Frogsbottom Field.

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Santa waved his hand and presents appeared.

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Santa gave Russell the very last present.

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Inside was a tiny glass bauble.

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Russell hung the ornament on the tree where it flickered and glowed.

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Soon it shone with all the brilliance of the Northern Lights.

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"It's a little bit of the Christmas Spell, just for you," said Santa.

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"And now it's time, it's time to go."

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"Goodbye, Russell, the sheep that saved Christmas!" cried Santa.

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"And Merry Christmas to you!"

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Wasn't Russell amazing? I liked Santa's new sleigh car very much.

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SLEIGH BELLS JINGLE

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If we listen carefully, we can still hear the reindeers!

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Thank you for joining me for tonight's story.

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I hope you have a wonderful night's sleep and a very merry Christmas.

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Bye-bye.

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Well, you look cosy.

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Tonight Mark Bonnar reads a bedtime story all about Santa's sleigh breaking down. Can Russell the sheep help Santa?


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