Cut off from the outside world by landslides brought down from mountainsides by torrential rain, the small Swiss village of Val Calanca was nevertheless recently visited by 'Saint Nicholas'.
GV Countryside, PAN to scene of landslide
SV Road, PAN to earth slide
MV PAN to crack in ground
GV Tumbling rock
MV PAN..Rock rubble
GV PAN..to reconstruction work
SLV House under repair
GV PAN..to Father Christmas crossing bridge
SV Father Christmas leads mule forward, Pan to children
CU Father Christmas
CV Little girls
MV Children receive presents
CV Little girl receives present
MV Distribution of presents
MV INT..Children with present enter cottage
MV More old folk at fireplace
CV Boy shows old lady present
CV Toys tipped onto floor
CV Boy and old man with toy
CU Old lady
GV Old folks and children
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Background: Cut off from the outside world by landslides brought down from mountainsides by torrential rain, the small Swiss village of Val Calanca was nevertheless recently visited by 'Saint Nicholas'.
With his sure footed mule, 'Saint Nicholas' was able to get through the boulder strewn pass to deliver Christmas presents to the village children.
Greeting his arrival with looks of apprehension, the children's attitude quickly turned to joy as the benevolent 'Saint' handed out bags containing toys and sweets.
Hurrying off home the children eagerly displayed the gifts to their parents who, seated around the fireside, shared the youngsters excitement, although they knew that if the pass was not cleared before the snows came it would be a hard winter for Val Calanca.