I've been meaning to post pictures of my Tomtes for ages and when Wendy posted about Swedish Christmas last week, I went into action. Okay, not really. After a couple of days I talked Pete into taking pictures for me, and now 3 days after that I'm finally posting.
That picture up top is our biggest Tomte and he sits on the mantle. Notice his lovely sweater! (which I did not knit.) So, you're probably asking what a Tomte (or tomten) is. Well, I found a definition of Tomte here and I found more Tomte info here. But basically they are little elves that live in your house (on your farm. . . under the house. . .) and they are sometimes thought of as Santa or Santa's helpers. Oh yeah, and they are Scandinavian. Here's another. . .
This guy is a little smaller and more freindly looking! than the first one. Our niece used to be scared of the Tomte in my in-laws house (he looked like the first one up there).
Then there are these little wooden tomtes (here's a website that sells all kinds of them) that come in all varieties. The tall hat guy is Pete's and was given to him by a family friend years ago. And here's mine. . .
I must admit that I only have a touch of Norwegian in me. However, Pete is almost entirely Swedish and I have loved learning about the Swedish heritage.
And if you want a cute children's book about a Tomten check out The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren it's one of Maddie's favorites!