With the guards relieved for Christmas Eve, the only hazard to Pechka was the numerous sound-making decorations. One accidental brush and the children would stir. However, she had chosen her festive attire for such incidents. Pretending to be one of Santa's Helpers, she would read Christmas stories and sing carols with them. Though they rarely fell back asleep in their excitement, she was always able to depart come the dawn.
Artwork by Nudtawut Thongmai.