Down in the kitchen by the fire, Hob and Miss Minkin were toasting their toes. There was a smell of pine-needles in the air from the sparkling tree in the corner, and there were two large stockings hanging from the mantelpiece. The stockings belonged to the farm children, and had their names pinned on them: Ben and Susan.
The children had hung them there before they went to bed.
They had put a small glass of sherry and a plate with two mince pies on it, by the hearth. Miss Minkin had watched all this with great interest, and told Hob about it later. Nobody has ever seen me. They ate the spicy pies to the last crumb. Miss Minkin was not so sure.
Then they sipped the sherry, but it made Miss Minkin cough a little so Hob kindly finished it up. He left a silver sixpence under the plate for good manners. She even forgot my morning milk!
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I had to yowl to remind her, and then she slapped it down in a very grumpy manner. I kept well out of the way after that. I spent most of the day snoozing in the airing cupboard.
I have forgiven her. Christmas is a trying time for her. I like it, though, on the whole. There is always plenty of leftover turkey. Hob puffed on his pipe.
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Neighbours went all round the houses and sang a song or two, and people gave them spiced ale and presents. Miss Minkin put her head on one side and thought for a while. What do you think, my dear? Shall we go a-wassailing?
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The neighbours will like to hear some good old Christmas music. It will cheer them up.
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Hob fetched his fiddle and a sack to bring all the presents home in. Miss Minkin washed her face and combed her ears. They slipped out through the cat flap into the snowy moonlit garden. Miss Minkin sniffed the air and said it was safe to be out. There was no smell of fox or badger. Hob looked up. He was wearing a stout green jacket and hat, and Miss Minkin had fluffed up her beautiful fur, so neither of them minded it much.
They set off across the round the henhouse, and ducked under the gate to Halfacre Field. Their footsteps crunched on the frosty grass. Farmer Croft had just filled the coal scuttle and taken off his boots before going to bed. Miss Minkin cleared her throat and Hob tightened his fiddle bow. Hardly had they sung the first line when a boot and three lumps of coal came flying through the farmhouse window. The boot sailed over their heads and lodged in the branches of a tree, and the lumps of coal fell right in front of their feet.
Merry Christmas! Hob looked up at the tree. Then he waved his fiddle bow three times round and pointed it at the tree.
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