Kirsten wants to do something special for the holidays, but that depends on getting their trunks out of storage. In those days it meant driving a horse and cart to the relatively nearby town, getting the trunks and returning, and in those days that would have been a full-day's job. In this case it was even worse since it started snowing during their trip and the snow turned into a blizzard.
Then Kirsten's father gets hurt and can't walk and the horse acts up and doesn't want to move. It's going to be up to Kirsten to find some way to get them to shelter so they can survive the storm and then make their way back home.
A lot of good information on Swedish holiday celebrations in the story and the historical section.
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