A Gnome for Christmas


Tatum Tylke, Staff Writer

There is so much to love about the holidays. The heartwarming movies and colorful lights. Spending time with family and decorating the tree. Little kids anticipate visiting Santa and finding their elves, decorating cookies, and then eating them. But what is up with the Christmas gnomes?

Each year, gnomes seem to be a more common decoration for the holidays. Sure, they are cute and huggable, but why? 


Originally, gnomes were intended to protect animals and children in Scandinavian households. They were meant to keep away evil. In Swedish, another name for the gnome is Tomte, which means “homestead man.” It is believed that Scandinavian gnomes dislike change, and they love tradition. 

  The tales of gnomes in Scandinavia began on farms, during a time when they were isolated. The people living on the farms made up gnomes to feel less alone. Later, it was believed that gnomes were the spirits of the farm owners and that they protect the land and livestock. 

Gnomes are believed to be either mischievous or kind. In Norway, they are called Nisse. In both Swedish and Norwegian cultures, gnomes commonly appear as old, small men. 


Today, gnomes are a decoration for Christmas because they look so similar to Santa Claus. They are a sweet touch to the decorations, some Christmas trees even have a gnome theme. 

Some parents use gnomes as an alternative to elves. Families find gnomes more appealing rather than “Elf on the Shelf” because the kids can actually touch the gnomes. Gnomes are a more lovable character to find around the household.

All in all, gnomes are popular because of their adorable appearance and size. They are a relatively cheap decoration that brings joy to every home.