Example of Scandinavian Julenisse, from Rick Steves "Old timers believed the nisse was the original settler of the land. His primary duty was to protect the land and buildings. He kept the farm in good order and would be helpful as long as he got his Christmas porridge or Christmas beer and lefse on Christmas Eve. Many farms would make up a bed for the nisse on Christmas Eve and the honorary place at the table stood ready and waiting for him."
vintage julenissen | Thyra Little Nissemen lived in the barn and made everything run smoothly on the farm--if they were happy---if not, expect sour milk. Rice pudding was demanded on Christmas eve---so a generous portion was necessary!
From Ossian Brown's exquisite collection of antique vernacular photographs of Halloweens past. Brown compiled his favourites of eerie found photos, all dating between 1875 and into a lovely new book titled Haunted Air. David Lynch wrote the introduction.
Norwegian royals get in the festive spirit with Christmas photoshoot