Many people seem to think that gnomes are a Christmas thing, however, gnomes are not exclusively for Christmas, they actually make for a great decoration year-round. Despite this, as we all know, gnomes are more popular at Christmas, for reasons which will be discussed shortly.
Adding a gnome or two to your garden, or even in your home, can be a great way to add a little bit of life and color. These dwarfish creatures guard your property and earth’s treasures, supposedly, at least, a sign of peace and calmness.
So, with this in mind, the remainder of this blog post will discuss more on gnomes, opening you up to the possibility of choosing a bearded friend to add to your garden or home.
Why are there gnomes at Christmas?
The tradition of gnomes at Christmas is derived from Scandanavia, a tradition that can be traced back to as early as the eighteenth century. Unlike elves, the gnomes were thought to come out on Christmas day, hand-delivering gifts to families, spreading cheer, and Christmas spirit.
This is opposed to your regular gnome - the gnome that remains in the garden year-round, protecting your property. Ever since the tradition was a hit in Scandanavia, it soon spread like wildfire, now folklore in many different countries across the world, including in the United States.
What are Christmas gnomes called?
In Norway, Christmas gnomes are called “Nisse,” commonly associated with the Christmas season. These are not only displayed outside, but also inside too, sitting alongside the elves on top of your mantlepiece, dangling from shelves, and sat at the top of the stairs.
Despite this, other countries have different names for the Christmas variant of the gnome. For example, the Swedish version is known as the Tomte, while others stick to more basic names, including the Scandinavian gnomes, Nordic gnomes, and, of course, Christmas gnomes.
What do gnomes symbolize?
So, despite traditions, what do gnomes actually symbolize? Generally, gnomes symbolize good luck. However, they are also known to provide protection, whether, of your home, family, or more traditionally, treasure and minerals buried deep in the ground.
Furthermore, gnomes are commonly still used to keep an eye on livestock, in barns, and on private property.
As you probably guessed, this is just the regular version of a gnome, with the Christmas version mainstream during the later months of the year.
An excellent decoration
Gnomes not only make for a great decoration year-round, but they are also a tradition at Christmas. On my website, I have various different Christmas gnomes available for purchase, all of which can be used during the festive season, or year-round.
Some are more suited for Christmas, with Santa hats and flashing red colors, while others, such as the woodland gnome are an excellent decoration no matter the time of year, a timeless classic and sign of good luck and protection.
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