On the eve of Christmas adults and children look forward the Holiday and the Miracle.
Everyone makes wishes and dreams of the gift on the taste. Here, for example, the boy Peter, the son of Miller and the Miller's wife, demands from the father and mother the brother. And the girl Lisa would be glad to the kind word from the father Eric and the stepmother Marta. But the father is eternally drunk, and the stepmother forces Lisa even in the holiday to sell matches. The guardian angel of Lisa Hans Christiaan not to help her with forces. He can console the orphan girl only.
All around hurry home to celebrate the Christmas. Only Lisa is afraid to go to the father and the stepmother, after all she didn't sell any match. The girl from the heart asks about the Miracle.
Suddenly the Miracle comes true: Lisa sees her mother. Together they read about Jesus Christ's birth.
But the sweet dream thaws. Down the street moves Parade of Estates. Here the Lamplighter and Firefighters, the Adviser and Bakers, Woodcutters and Laundresses, Shoemakers, boys idlers led by Peter. Closes Mart's procession, the abusing and beating Erica. Lisa any more not in forces to see humiliations of the father. She wants to die. Lisa and Peter who isn't leaving the girl in trouble fall asleep and freeze. They dream a den of the Polar Bear. Here and other animals. All of them sing the drinking vegetarian song.
Wolves surround Marta who suddenly appeared in the dream, after all day of vegetarianism comes to an end. Lisa can't leave the stepmother in trouble. But late — the Miller, the Miller's wife, Marta, Eric think that children froze. Marta in horror falls on knees and asks to return Lisa.
And again the Miracle comes true... Lisa and Peter get out of the snowdrift and see inconsolable parents. Adults embrace them. At this time in the sky the first star ascends...