Photo By: Carrie

A tomte (Swedish) (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈtɔ̀mːtɛ]) or nisse (Norway and Denmark) (pronounced [ˈnìsːɛ]) or tonttu (in Finland) is a mythical creature of Scandinavian folklore.

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!



    1. Hi Laura, thank you. Yes, at first I thought a red hat would be best…but it took over too much 🙂 So, the present was the next idea and much easier to turn into color! I love these little creatures, they are so sweet.

      1. Oh good, I am glad this little guy is getting some love and attention 🙂 Wishing you a very Merry Holiday as well Laura and a peaceful New Year!

    1. Thank you so much, Kaz. Yes, they have a very interesting story and I just love their details! I am so glad this sweet Tomte is well received, he is such a special part of the holiday season for our family 🙂

  1. Our first son-in-law is Norwegian. His last name is Glott and family details say they came to Ukraine from Russia, then to Norway. Our daughter is artistic, and so she carved a little Troll creature out of marzipan and covered it in chocolate for their holiday table decoration. It was delightful to see the features of such a character. Our daughter also does the Norwegian painting. I believe it is called rose-malling.

    1. Great Beth, so you are somewhat familiar with these fun creatures 🙂 Always interesting to learn about other cultures and find things you love about them.

  2. I love that idea of the Tomte, how wonderful. I love traditions for Christmas. We don’t really have any here, unfortunately, the only thing we do, which we all seem to enjoy is a jigsaw puzzle on the day, something we can all do together.
    Merry christmas to you and your family Carrie.

    1. That sounds like a beautifully simple and enjoyable tradition, Leanne. I am always excited to get our Tomte collection out each year. This year was interesting, trusting the boys enough to see if they could be trusted with it. They are doing quite well actually. We have a few traditions we try to uphold each year, gets us in the holiday zone I think 🙂 Merry Christmas to you and your family too, and a very peace filled New Year.

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