A poor shoemaker earns barely enough to feed his family. He has run out of money for leather to make more shoes. One night he leaves materials for his last pair of shoes on a workbench. He finds completed shoes the next morning. He and his wife discover that tiny elves have made the shoes. They make more shoes each night and finally the shoemaker leaves Christmas gifts for the tiny helpers. The story is based on an 1806 classic from the Brothers Grimm.