Illustration of a Christmas Gnome sleeping in a matchstick box with his pet mouse. Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2017

The Sleeping Christmas Gnome

It had been a long day, between brushing down the cows and keeping the chickens from eating his hat, Nis was looking forward to a good night’s sleep. Tired and cranky he climbed the ladder to the attic. There had been no sign of porridge today, not even a waft! UNACCEPTABLE. May-hap tomorrow… Maren, the finest of the cows, would come down with a terrible cold, or perhaps the chicken pen would be left open for the fox. That would show that ungrateful family to forget his porridge!

As he moved in the darkness towards his bed he suddenly bumped his head and fell right onto his behind. Swearing and cursing under his breath, he stood back up and fumbled his way to the bed. He lit a candle and turned back to see what he had collided with – there is was a brand new bottle of brandy!

The next morning Maren gave, even more, milk than usually.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to your all. May 2018 bring you many happy memories and a heart full of joy.

Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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