A centuries-old character from out of the pages of Märchen, is a loving grandmotherly figure whose origins are traced far back to the Goddess Holda. More recently, she has evolved into Mother Goose, but without her traditional connections to Yuletide. Her sacred animals are the wild hare, denoting fecundity & love of family, the squirrel, linked to the Norse squirrel god, Ratatoskr, and the goose, whose V-shaped migratory formations are far from silent in their travels, their rhythmic honking characteristically heralding their appearance. Too, geese are known to be unwaveringly protective of their young. Here, Frau Holle is seen radiantly smiling, the first gift she bequeaths to good children on her annual gift-giving sojourn to the homes of deserving children. Also, she is a shape-shifter, hence her being covered in feathers as she just begins to transform.