We don’t see them much any more.
Two nights with very low temperatures and high humidity made the ice on the car windows extra hardened and absolutely impossible to scrape of 🙂 I managed to get bits and pieces of the windows ice-free and had to stop before I left the village to scrape the rest when the car had become warmer 🙂 But the night was absolutely wind free so it didn’t feel that cold to be honest.
It has already started to turn towards warmer again, tomorrow and Wednesday will stay around 0C (32F) and after that it will get rather warm again and windy too. The long-term prognosis says a rainy Christmas. I don’t mind, I grew up by the coast where rainy Christmases were rather common. But I have to admit that it would be nice if it did get a bit chilly instead so the ground froze and killed lots of ticks and it easier to keep my home clean when the mud is frozen solid 🙂
We don’t see many giants here any more, they were common back in the days before christianity came to the Scandinavian countries. In the old Norse gods time they were the sworn enemies to the Norse gods and were constantly fighting the old gods. There were at least three kinds of giants back then, the Frost giants who lived in the kingdom Nifelheim, the giants in Utgård who were skilled in magic and the Fire giants who lived in the red-hot Muspelheim. The world was actually created from the first giant Ymer who was killed by Odin and his two brothers Vile and Ve. This is their Scandinavian names and they differ some from what they are called in English.
But christianity arrived and since they can’t stand the sound of church bells, it is like knives cutting in their ears, they moved to the northern wilderness here in Scandinavia. We have lots of very big stones lying here anf´d there in our countries and they were thrown by giants towards churches so the clocks would stop making any sounds. They must aim poorly though because it seems none ever hit any church 🙂 Giants are as their name says huge, they are also very strong and a bit stupid to be honest and very clumsy.
The Swedish name for a giant is Jätte and that words original meaning is big eater and that has made their relationship with us humans a bit strained since they ate all the food that could be found, including humans :-)So if You ever would meet a giant, keep the distance if it is one of those that eat humans 🙂 Some have however managed to stay away from human flesh and want us no evil even if they by mistake might step on one of us 🙂
It is time for something to eat and today I’ll have cocoa, after all I could still see some frost outside when I opened the door for Sune 🙂
Have a great day!