8.December

Ant King, Christmas, Christmas Calendar, Christmas story, Christmas traditions, drawing, Heffanutt, pencil

Early morning Heffanutt goes into the kitchen to make breakfast. He stops in the doorway.  What has happened here?

Plates, pots, and wooden spoons all over the floor. The cabinet’s doors are open wide. A lot of flour is spilled over the counter.  Grumpy he starts to clean the mess, angry that Ant King didn`t clean up before going to bed.  Heffanutt usually goes to sleep before Ant King, so he assumes that Ant King had a nightly kitchen raid.

He is still grumpy when Ant King comes into the kitchen ready for another lovely day. “Good morning,” he says, “grumpf,” says Heffanutt. Ant King sits down at the table and starts to eat. The silence is hanging over the room.  Ant Kings tries again, “What a wonderful day to bake”.  Again Heffanutt answers with just a grumpf.  After another while, Heffanutt finally asks why Ant King didn`t clean up his mess from last night.

Ant King just as bewildered as Heffanutt when asked why he stole the sugar, denies that he did any cooking yesterday. In fact, he went to bed half an hour after Heffanutt, feeling tired early that night.

Heffanutt not sure what to believe decides to forget it. Maybe Ant King won’t tell because he was doing some secret Christmas preparations.

Ant King, on the other hand, starts to feel that something mysterious going on, but won’t mention it, afraid to scare Heffanutt.

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After breakfast, they go to work. Everybody loves cookies, don`t they? Ant King and Heffanutt made a huge dough, forgetting how much time it takes to bake them.  Two hours later they still have more dow left.  It`s way past dinner time before a fed up Ant King and a tired Heffanutt finally put the last baking tray in the oven. (Make sure to bake at least seven different cookies according to traditions). Christmas cookies crossed off the to-do list.
Heffanutt baked “bordstabel” too, an old traditional coockie with surten Norwegian origin.

7.December

Ant King, Christmas, Christmas Calendar, Christmas story, Christmas traditions, drawing, Heffanutt, pencil

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Ant King is out skiing, he hopes to find a nice slope. Heffanutt is not a fan of skiing of any sort and stays at home.  Ant King turns around a corner and up a steep hill. Then

weeeeeeeee off he goes fast…

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The wind is blowing in his face, watering his eyes and blurring his sight. Suddenly a full stop, Ant King finds himself flying forward tumbling on the ground.

What on earth was that? Ant King scrambles to his feet looking up the track where he came.  Tiny little stones scattered in the snow. That`s strange, where did they come from?

Discourage he look at his skis, one is whole, the other one is broken in half.  It is a long way home balancing on one ski.

6.December

Ant King, Christmas, Christmas Calendar, Christmas story, Christmas traditions, drawing, Heffanutt, pencil

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No time to think, no time to worry about anything.  It`s time to wash the whole house before Christmas. This is not a task they love to do, but there is no Christmas without.  Ant King is scrubbing the floor and Heffanutt walking back and forth with a bucket. Soon the whole house will shine, ready to be decorated.

5.December

Ant King, Christmas, Christmas Calendar, Christmas story, Christmas traditions, drawing, Heffanutt, pencil

Outside one December night, the stars are shining and everything is quiet.  Even most animals have gone to bed.  Two little fellows are wading in the snow on their way back home. They have been on a visit that lasted much longer than intended.

Heffanutt is scared of the dark, his imagination is running wild seeing strange creatures in the darkness around him. Remembering the incidents the last days have made him extra jumpy.  He keeps as close to Ant King as possible. Ant King, on the other hand, is enjoying the walk in a winter wonderland this 5th December.

4.December

Ant King, Christmas, Christmas Calendar, Christmas story, Christmas traditions, drawing, Heffanutt, pencil

Heffanutt is making a snow angel. Ant King would not join him, thinking it`s a childish thing to do and he is still a little grumpy about yesterday.  Heffanutt have a terrible headace and could not eat his breakfast.  There is no way he will taste Ant Kings drinks ever again. Heffanutts hoping that a bit of fresh air would help. While laying there, Heffanutt is thinking of the wonders of winter. Very pleased with the result he runs to get Ant King, telling him to come and take a look.

Ant King is a bit unwillingly, but when he sees the happiness of Heffanutts face he soon follows him to admire the angel.

They both look at the angel wondering, has the neighbor got a child visitor? But why would a child go into a stranger’s garden just to make footsteps all over an angel in the snow?  Little footsteps with something that looks like tiny clogs.