Tomte or Nisse were believed to take care of a farmer’s home and children and protect them from misfortune, in particular at night, when the housefolk were asleep. The Swedish name tomte is derived from a place of residence and area of influence: the house lot or tomt. (Info found HERE)
I had never heard of Tomte’s until meeting my husband and spending Christmas with his family. His mother loves Swedish traditions (she holds dear to her Swedish lineage) and she has an elaborate collection of tomte’s that you could look at for a week and find new details even on the last day.
They are such interesting little characters to me, round and giving, nature loving, bearing gifts of hope and help. My mother-in-law gives us a new Tomte each year for our own collection, this is the first year the collection is at the boys level. Usually they are up high to admire from afar.
It is interesting to see that initially, my boys couldn’t keep their hands off these intriguing creatures and then, after a few hours, the touching stopped. The Tomte’s have now found their resting place, watching over our holiday hustle and I smile every time I walk by them.
From our family to you and yours, have a very merry holiday season and a peace filled New Year. Enjoy!
**This post is part of Monochrome Madness collected by Leanne Cole and supported by Laura Macky. This week we were asked to add a “pop” of holiday color to our monochrome image. Of course, this isn’t something I had ever done before. But, there was a great tutorial provided, so I learned how. Please visit the collection HERE, this week is sure to be extra special!