The Legend of the Scandinavian Tomte

  • For centuries these legendary gnomes have guarded farms and families in Scandinavia year-round, especially children and animals.

    Once the tradition of Father Christmas spread to the snowy north, the legends of tomte and Santa Claus  blended into a special gnome called a “jultomten” (say “YUL-tom-ten”) for the holidays.

    In Norway this same holiday tomte is called a nisse (say “NEE-seh”), which is a derivative of the name of St. Nicholas.

  • Whatever you call him, this slender version of Santa Claus arrives not in the dead of night by secretly crawling down the chimney, but directly through the front door of your home! Once through, the jultomten hands gifts directly to the children before enjoying his porridge with butter.

    While this jultomten may have a sled pulled by reindeer (this is Scandinavia, after all), they don’t fly or have red noses. They’re just normal reindeer!

“Bought this as a Christmas present for my mother. It was delivered as expected and she loved it. I thought it would be a nice Christmas decoration, but it looks like it's going to be a year around addition to her living room!”--Bella O.

“Nothing about it specifically ties it to Christmas so we may just keep it out year round because it's so dang adorable!” -- John D.

“I bought it as a gift for my mom who loves gnomes. When I received it I immediately wanted to get another for myself!”-- Jessica M.