There are no surprises in this cozy Christmas tale, nor does it need any. On a gloomy night Simon, the richest man in the village, grudgingly receives a mysterious beggar. Simon's sickly wife treats the man kindly and is rewarded with renewed health. Simon goes looking for the stranger, but remembering his wife's example, stops along the way to help needy people. The visitor, dressed as a king, repays Simon by letting him witness the Nativity, where he is filled with ""peace and love and joy,"" the greatest gifts of all. It is a simple, traditional vision of Christmas in an Old World setting; the purple, snowy skies bring shivers while the bright houses look like tree ornaments. A humble stow, with a warm fire glowing at its core.