Traditionally tomte are from Scandinavian folklore and thought of as little folk that help with the housework and farm chores. They were protective and caring but temperamental. In more modern times they became associated with Christmas and, with their customary white beard and red cap, the connection has lasted. These little elves bring a touch of the Christmas spirit wherever you choose to hide them.
via Bibelot Shop
via Bibelot shop
The design of the tomte is simple, often geometric in a modern Scandinavian way. The little characters are full of hidden personality. They were always scattered around my grandmother's home and a delight to all of us as children. My collection should appear soon to help me with the numerous Christmas chores.
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