In "The Little Match Girl" a poor young girl tries to sell matches in the street. Walking barefoot having lost her slippers, she shivers from cold and early hypothermia. Too afraid to go home and face her father's wrath at not selling enough matches, the girl takes shelter in an alley. The girl lights the matches to warm herself and sees several lovely visions. First a warm stove, then a sumptuous holiday feast, and then a magnificent Christmas tree. Seeing a shooting star, she remembers her late kindly grandmother. The harsh realism of this story remind the listener to be grateful and kind to one another during the cold holiday season.