Written by Sophia de Mello Breyner and published in 1964, this is the tale of a knight who lives with his family in a Danish forest. Christmas was the most important time of the year for them: bakers would bake cakes of honey and wheat while servants would polish and clean the whole house and the children would either run up and down the stairs (helping as they could) or just stare at the window thinking of the Three Wise Men who were on their way to Belem. Whereas outside it was cold and snowy, inside the knight’s house there was warmth and light and laughter and joy. But this Christmas would prove to be different from any other when the knight announced his plan for the following Christmas year: praying in the place Jesus was born. To do so he would leave on the following Spring as a pilgrim on his way to Belem. His wife dared not to stop him, as one should not prevent a pilgrim to go on his holy journey.
So there he goes, with his heart filled with love, faith and a promise: to spend the Christmas in two years with his family again. His journey back home is, however, delayed due to all the wonderful places friends he made introduce him to. He learns breathtaking love stories, sees cities which seem to fly in clouds at night. However, will he get home in time for Christmas?
There’s actually not that much I can tell you from this point on without telling you the end (which I don’t intend to). I just advise you to read it. I read it for the first time when I was very young and read it again today on my way to my University, so you can see how easy it is to be read. Give it a try and this tale will fill your head with wonderful sights and stories. I know it did that to me.