The first card has arrived!
So the tree is dressed and I have bought batteries so the lights shine so nice in the dark room (I didn’t turn them on while taking the photo though). I think I’ll ask a work friend if he would like to bring some spruce branches from his forest so I at least can get the smell even if it is a fake tree. Perhaps better to wait a week or so before I do because they only smell for a short time and then the needles fall off. I’ll be putting decorations around the tree too but I’ll wait until Saint Lucia’s day the thirteenth. Even though we aren’t catholics (well now days there are plenty of catholics here) here we still celebrate her.
I think the day has been grey and dull all the time, it was at least that when I went to the grocery store to buy some dinner since I forgot to order any at work 🙂 and the temperature has stayed around 0C (32f) both night and day. Winter is reluctant to start here and I don’t mind. I’m not a fan of snow but I do like a light dusting of that white garbage around Yule though., I’ll stay here at home anyway so I won’t have to drive around in it. They say it will start sometime in January and that it from there will be nasty cold and lots of snow. They blame this change on El Niño, it will calm down around that time and then it will be nasty here. But they said something similar last year and that was one of the mildest winters in ages 🙂
You can see a Vätte, a Wight, beside the yule spruce in that first photo and they live around our homes, they actually seems to like us 🙂 Normally they live under a tree or beneath a barn/ stable but they can actually chose to live beneath the home too, preferable under the fire heated stove. They are related to the gnome but unlike him they are living in big families and won’t bother humans as long as we don’t bother them. They are rather tiny, big as a rat perhaps and usually dressed in grey or black.
If they have any problems with us humans they usually contact us to let us know what it is they don’t like. For instance if they live beneath a stable they might get problems with the horse poop and urine dripping down into their homes. They normally want us to let the horses stay somewhere else in the stable or perhaps they want us to build a new stable somewhere else 🙂 It’s also important not to throw out hot water on the ground, if one do one must shout:Look up down there. They rewards us plentiful if we solve problems fast. If we don’t solve the problem at all they might give us diseases but usually they just bite our nose 🙂
They normally take the shape of an animal we often see around us if they need to walk around during the day, like an unusually big toad or a mice. If You should see a frog in clothes there’s no doubt that it is a Wight 🙂 They are probably the nicest beings we might have around us. I think I heard some sounds close to my fire heated stove earlier today so I guess the entire family enjoys the warmth from it now 🙂
Have a great day!