*(This blog post is a somewhat revised version of the same last year.)
This December we will be journeying to the cold forests of Sweden and learning about tomte and trolls.
A tomten is a little creature who lives in a farmhouse and protects the people and animals- the farm animals and wild animals- within it. They are good spirits. Our Little Kids will experience a puppet show based on the Astrid Lindgren classic. I am so partial to this story because I grew up with it, my Grandma being Swedish. It’s hushed, quiet, magical mood makes it a wonderful holiday story no matter which tradition you celebrate. The recurring theme of a good being watching over the farm while all are sleeping comforts and calms children. I am always struck by how quiet they are after this puppet show.
Our Big Kids of the mature ages of 4-7 years old have expressed a love of adventure and danger so for these guys we will be learning about trolls.
This story is called “The Boy and the Trolls, or the Adventure” by Walter Stenstrom and it does follow the classic format of a youngest son who saves a princess who has been kidnapped by the trolls. I told this story last year and it was the most popular tale I ever told, across the board, in all the classes. I will be telling this old favorite again… but did you know there are also girl trolls?
There she is. The wild troll girl, laughing! Two babies- a troll princess and a human princess- are switched at birth. A golden-haired, angelic (and rather goody-goody) Swedish princess raised in a troll family? A cruel, wild troll princess raised in a civilized palace? Wait and see what happens…