Legend Of Baboushka: Christmas Legend
Story Of Babushka
Baboushka, meaning ‘grandmother’ in Russian, was a lonely old woman who used to live in solitude in a huge house. It is said that it was Baboushka who started the tradition of gift-giving on Christmas. She was a kind-hearted woman and often provided food and refuge to weary travelers.
On one winter night, three noblemen came to visit her. She welcomed them and asked them to spend the night at her house. While she was serving a small feast for them at her house, she came to know that they were traveling to a small town far east where baby Jesus was about to be born. Overwhelmed by Baboushka’s hospitality, the three noblemen offered her to travel with them. They told her, “We are traveling to Bethlehem to find the Child who is born a King”. Won’t you please come with us to find Him?” But Baboushka, reluctant to leave her warm house, declined their proposal. The three wise men bid farewell and continued on their quest. Later that night, when she thought about the three noblemen and the child who they were talking about, she grew sad and repented her decision. She then decided to leave immediately in their search. She gathered whatever trinkets she could lay her hands on and set off on her journey to find the child whom the noblemen addressed as the King. But, despite traveling far and wide, the old woman unfortunately could neither find the boy king nor the three travelers. According to popular legend, the old lady is looking for the boy king even to this day and thus, whenever she meets any children on her way, she offers them toys. It is said that Baboushka initiated the custom of giving gifts to children on Christmas.
Once much popular, the legend of Baboushka has gradually passed into obscurity, in the last century. Read the above lines and know how the tradition of gift-giving during Christmas started.