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December 6th As he did every year, Ludwig dressed up as Saint Nicolaus and visited the school children to bring them sweets, fruit and idle threats. For the idle threats his neighbour Markus had dressed up as Nicolaus’ sidekick, Krampus, with scary horns, thick black fur and birch rods to whip the naughty children. They […]
December 5th The next day, Ludwig went to the forest to look for a big Christmas tree that would fit into his barn nicely without looking too small. He and Anton had decided to have Christmas there, because it was big enough to hold most of the village. Another advantage was that they could hide […]
December 4th Anton and Ludwig had talked long into the night and eventually the farmer had found out what the old man wanted: a big Christmas. One where the whole village would come together on Christmas Eve, like Austrians always do, and celebrate together. Ludwig certainly had doubts about how they would pull it off, […]
December 3rd “Hello Anton, nice to see you; come in, come in,” Ludwig cheerfully greeted the old man who stood at the door. He led him straight into the warm farmhouse kitchen, where a wood-burning stove heated the whole room and most of the rest of the house as well. “Ludwig, I need your help,” […]
December 2nd Gary sat next to the goat pen and stared at his friends. He knew he was still a goat, but being able to talk to Ludwig had slowly changed him. Less and less he understood them and their wishes and desires. He was still very much into girl goats and food, particularly the […]
December 1st “If it is snowing now, I’m sure it will all be gone by Christmas,” Gary complained. “Are you telling me you’re superstitious?” Ludwig looked at his goat, his eyebrow raised. “Have you never noticed it?” “Noticed what?” “Well, you know, I want a white Christmas, but we barely ever get them anymore,” the […]