Frau Holle

Frau Holle

Hi there!
Thanks for joining us.
Woke up to a blanket of snow….
room with a view.

As soon as I opened the curtains and saw the weather,
I thought of Frau Holle.

Who is Frau Holle? She’s shaking out the feather beds in heaven.
I like to think of her as God’s housekeeper.

Well, that’s what my Mum always told me as a kid,
and I guess it stuck.

So here we sit in the warm, while Frau Holle makes the beds.
The Brothers Grimm told the story beautifully.
All about 2 sisters – one idle and vain, one hardworking and helpful. Worth a read…
Here’s a synopsis:
A rich widow lives with her daughter and her stepdaughter. The widow favored her biological daughter allowing her to become spoiled and idle while her stepdaughter was left to do all the work. Every day the stepdaughter would sit outside the cottage and spin beside the well.
One day she pricked her finger on the point of the spindle. Leaning over the well to wash the blood away, the spindle fell from her hand and sank out of sight. The stepdaughter feared that she would be punished for losing the spindle, and in a panic she leapt into the well after it.
The girl found herself in a meadow where she came upon an oven full of bread. The bread asked to be taken out before it burned. With a baker’s peel she took all the loaves out and then walked on. Then she came to an apple tree that asked that its apples be harvested. So she did so and gathered them into a pile, before continuing on her way. Finally she came to a small house of an old woman, who offered to allow the girl to stay if she would help with the housework.
The woman identified herself as Frau Holle, and cautioned the girl to shake the featherbed pillows and coverlet well when she made the bed, as that would make it snow in the girl’s world. The girl agreed to take service with Frau Holle, and took care to always shake the featherbed until the feathers flew about like snowflakes.
After a time, the girl became homesick and told Frau Holle that it was time for her to return home. Frau Holle had been impressed by the girl’s kindness and hard work so much that when she escorted the girl to the gate, a shower of gold fell upon the girl. She also gave her the spindle which had fallen into the well. With that the gate was closed, and the girl found herself back, not far from her mother’s house.
Her mother wished the same good fortune for her own daughter. She also set her to sit by the well and spin, but the girl deliberately threw the spindle into the well before jumping in herself. She too came to the oven, but would not assist the bread; nor would she help the apple tree. When she came to Frau Holle’s house, she likewise took service there, but before long fell into her lazy, careless ways. Frau Holle soon dismissed her. As the lazy girl stood at the gate, a kettle of pitch spilled over her. “That is what you have earned,” said Frau Holle, and closed the gate.
Nothing like a bit of tough love, eh !!!
And the moral of the story? 
Don’t upset Frau Holle!
Love & Hugs

16 thoughts on “Frau Holle

  1. We've been tucked up warm out of the snow for 3 days up here. It's such a beautiful day that I'm tempted to go out, but it will be too icy to be safe I think. Enjoy the view out of your window, and happy shopping x

  2. What a great story. I thought I had read all Grimms' stories but I had not come across that one. Like many other parts of the country, we woke up to four inches of snow which has now grown to at least seven inches. I am certainly not going anywhere for the next couple of days. Take care with driving home, Barbara. xxx Maggie

  3. I have not read that story before. I loved the Brothers Grimm stories but must have missed that one. Loads of snow here as well, children have been having a great time. We always used to say Mother Goose was plucking her feathers when it snowed. Stay safe in Germany.xx

  4. Dear Barbara and Dave. Congratulations sorry a bit late with that. The venue looks amazing I am sure it will all be wonderful. And exciting.
    Had a busy few days getting cards finished and posted. frustrated with printers going wrong , and started packing for my trip to Canada with the family. I am then going to Danville to see the family there. Luckily can still be a able to get your blog. Xxx

  5. The snow looks lovely. No snow here in Cornwall but then we rarely see snow or ice here. Very wild and windy here today. My grandson is longing for some snow, perhaps we will get some before the winter is out. Take care all you people with snow xx

  6. Hi Barb,
    I used to like every the Brothers Grimm stories when I was little, but I can't remember this one at all. Well we have been lucky up here as we've had no snow but it has been very cold. I hope everyone is safe and well. Hope you and your mum have a safe journey home. Love and hugs, Alison xx

  7. Hi Barbara
    What a great story, love a story with a moral. Not many feathers flying here today thank goodness. Have a wonderful time with your mum and take care out and about on the slippery stuff.
    Love Diane xxx

  8. Hello Barb, well Frau Holle was definitely busy yesterday around the UK it seems. Love the story, it is always the traditional stories that have a moral in them, and in this technological age, they just do not get told to children so much anymore. Take care and stay safe everyone, very icy out there. Bx

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