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Where did the Christmas gnome trend come from?

It turns out that gnomes come to us from Scandinavia, as do many domestic trends. In northern European countries, they are often called Nisse, and are typically depicted as short men or women wearing red bonnets.

Folklore dates back to the late 18th and 19th centuries, when gnomes were seen as domestic spirits responsible for the care and prosperity of a farm or family. They were responsible for various tasks in the home and could become angry when humans did not meet their small gnome needs.

Although there are many different accounts of their origins throughout history, they are linked to Christmas, where they serve as gift bearers. Unlike the elves of other cultures, who reside at the North Pole, legend has it that gnomes emerge from their forest niches on Christmas Day and walk through the doors of houses to deliver gifts. How they manage to get into people’s homes with their giant hats covering their eyes remains a mystery to us.