During the Nutcracker, the Nutcracker came to life when the clock struck twelve.
As for the owls, they and a few other kinds of birds were present at the Walpurgisnacht in Faust, and they were also in the Nutcracker, iirc.>>5037
Those are legitimate Rorschach blots.
Anyway, here is my contribution to the thread.
The names of the minions Liese, Lilia, Luiselotte and the Lilly in Homulilly are all derivatives of the name Elisabeth, a German version of Elizabeth, of course. In the original Faust, the second scene that Margarete is called Gretchen is a scene between her and presumably a neighbor named Lieschen, which is another variant of Elisabeth. Lieschen condemns a neighbor named "Bärbelchen" (Barbara), who has recently gotten pregnant outside of wedlock, not knowing that Gretchen too is carrying Faust's child. Because of Lieschen's words, Gretchen starts to slip and becomes obsessed with absolution.
The other minion names, Clara and Lotte, are references to the main females of Tschaikovsky's Nutcracker and Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther, respectively.