Figures that resemble mice are used as Christmas decorations. Maybe it’s a mix between the old idea that everyone, every animal too, are celebrating Christmas, even pests as rats and mice, and that everyone should be nice to each other at Christmas.
Mice appear in addition to Christmas decorations also in well known Christmas songs and stories told during Christmas
The fireplace, the coziest as can be at wintertime. Heffanutt and The Ant King are enjoying the afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate. All that work chopping wood and storing it pays off on days like this. Feeling the warmth of the fire and hearing the snapping and crackling makes them a little sleepy. Soon they are both nodding their head every now and then almost falling to sleep. It is the 11th of December…
10th of December. The boys are out playing again, it is so much fun with snow and ice. The Ant King has been practicing skating for a while and can even balance on one foot. Poor Heffanutt is the clumsy type and usually avoids this type of activities, but this time The Ant King has persuaded him to join him.
Presents, presents, presents… The Ant King and Heffanutt are out shopping Christmas presents. Heffanutt is balancing packages in different sizes and shapes while trying to keep his balance on the slippery road. Why are there always so many packages to carry home? 9th of December, tomorrow, finally, is the first two numbered digits on the calendar.
Christmas night, the night when all sorts of dangerous creatures walked freely around, one of these phenomena was Åsgårdsreia or Julereia. It`s the Norwegian version of The wild hunt, a gathering of dangerous offenders, gangsters, criminals, deceased ones, and creatures of all kinds who rode on horses through the air. They caused violence and damage wherever they came, filled water in the beer barrels, ate up Christmas food, announced fights, killing and suicide. They abducted people and horses who came in their way. It was important that the yard was cleared and all the tools used outside were carried in so that Åsgårdsreia did not stumble on its way and caused accidents on the farm.
In order to protect yourself, you could place steel in strategic places, in the grain, in the hay, at the well, an axe or knife was stuck over the farmhouse and stall door and above the animals. The presence of steel should prevent the evil ones from entering the house. Usually, the tools stayed there all Christmas. In Christian times, crosses could be used the same way, painting them with tar across entrance doors and above the animals