"In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines." With this classic storybook line, the audience enters the world of Madeline's Christmas. The day begins like any other day for the girls and their caretaker Miss Clavel but soon ends in disaster when everyone but Madeline gets the flu. Saddened that they may not be able to go home for Christmas, the girls and Miss Clavel take to their beds. Can Madeline save the day for everyone with the assistance of a mysterious Rug Merchant?