Every year on the last day of November, Captain Herman and his crew cut down spruce trees in the cold northern forest. He wanted to bring these trees to the people in the city for Christmas.
In midsummer, Herman's boat is a fishing boat. In winter, it was a Christmas tree boat full of spruce trees, and it was always steered by Captain Herman himself from Lake Michigan to Chicago.
This year, it snowed heavily. Captain Herman is about to leave home. He hugs his wife Hannah and three daughters.
The Christmas tree ship broke the ice on the sea. Along the way, the gulls hovered happily over their heads and stopped at the stern to sing. When night comes, snowflakes are shining like bright stars. Night on the lake is captain Herman's favorite.
However, the snow turned into a blizzard, sweeping the land and lake. Wind and snow surrounded the Christmas tree boat and roared wildly. Captain Herman and his crew struggled with the wind and snow, and the spruce trees on board fell into the dark lake. The lifeboat was also blown away by the wind and disappeared into the vast snow.
Captain Herman pulled a page from his voyage diary and wrote a short message quickly. He stuffed the letter into an empty bottle, sealed the mouth of the bottle and threw it into the lake.
The blizzard finally stopped. People in the city came to Clark Street Bridge, looking forward to the arrival of the Christmas tree boat. But there was no Christmas tree boat.
Many newspapers reported the disappearance of Captain Herman and the Christmas tree ship. A large number of boats searched around the cold lake, from sunrise to sunset, but they didn't. Two fishermen fished up the spruce tree from the net they had cast. But there was no sign of the Christmas tree boat.
A few days later, a bottle washed ashore by waves was found on a lake in Wisconsin. Inside was a message from captain Herman to his family
My dear Hannah and my dear daughters, it's snowy and we're fighting it. I drift my love to you.
Hannah and her three little daughters stood by the lake for a long time, mourning and waiting
One year has passed, and another November is coming.
Hannah brought in a crew to show him how to cut down spruce trees. Three daughters came to help, and they continued Herman's mission.
A new ship full of spruce trees set sail. Hannah, with her daughters and the women of the town, sailed to the city. Along the way, they weave beautiful wreaths and sing Christmas carols.
On Clark Street Bridge, Captain Herman's old friends could see a ship from a distance, warm orange candles shining among the branches. We are sending this message: the Christmas tree ship is sailing on the road!
When the new Christmas tree boat sails into the river in the city, the citizens cheer for Hannah and her daughters! Whether old or young, everyone joined the singing team. The city is full of songs and Christmas lights are on again.
Since then, when Christmas comes every year, the Christmas tree boat full of spruce trees will come to Clark Street Bridge as scheduled.
Spruce trees came into every household in the city and were planted in the warm living room. The branches were decorated with happy Christmas gifts