Henry’s First Christmas

Every story needs a good beginninghis is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry lived in Bethlehem around the time that Quirinius was governor of Syria.

Caesar Augustus had just issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world and so Bethlehem had been flooded with people returning home to be counted. To make matters worse the king and queen duck had decided it was a great chance to count all the ducks too. Henry had never seen so many ducks on his lake, the NOISE alone was driving Henry crazy.

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Henry and the Christmas Mess

Every story needs a good beginninghis is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry lived in a park that was VERY popular at Christmas time.

In fact, almost everyone in town had their Christmas parties in Henry’s park, which made the park very noisy and very messy.  The problem was that everyone brought tinsel and balloons and streamers and decorations to the park, but no-one bothered to take them home again.  Every morning Henry and his friends woke up to find their park covered in rubbish, including left over food and bottles.  As Christmas got closer, the park was so messy that people had stopped visiting the park during the day and that meant no bread for the ducks.

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Henry and the Gorilla

Every story needs a good beginning his is the story of Henry the duck, but it’s a different Henry to the Henry you might know.  Because, not everybody knows this, but just about every duck is called Henry! 

And this Henry loved to tell tall stories.

Henry told lots of stories about the wonderful things he’d done.  Brave things, exciting things, the problem was, not all of them were true.  Most of the things Henry said he’d done were just made up and he’d never really done them at all. It wasn’t long before the ducks discovered Henry had been lying to them and then they stopped believing anything Henry said. Even though at least one of his stories, really did happen.

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