Christmas GONKs

What is a Christmas GONK? These are small figures with long beards and knitted hats and many think of them as being the Nordic version of Santa Claus/Father Christmas. Many people say that they are inspired by garden gnomes, particularly those described in...

What are Christmas Gnomes Called?

In a number of northern European countries, Christmas gnomes are called Nisse. The mythology behind these creatures dates back to the late 18th and 19th centuries in which gnomes were thought to be sprits that inhabited households and were responsible for protecting...

What do Gnomes Represent at Christmas?

Though the exact definition of this elusive creature has changed over time, it is said that gnomes are spirits who live in nature and interact with people on either helpful or mischievous terms. In Scandinavia though these Nisse (Norwegian for “ Gnome”) manifest at...

Are Gnomes a British Thing?

Garden gnomes have been around since the 1600s, but it was in Germany where these cute little garden figurines became popular. The story goes that local myths suggested an underground race called “gnomons” would come alive at night to work on your behalf...

Tom Clark Gnomes

You might be wondering who Tom Clark is. Chances are, you have never heard of him. A quick Google search will only show you how common the name is. The Clark in question is Dr. Thomas Fetzer Clark who was a theology professor at Davidson College. But what does a man...

Halloween Gnomes (Including How to Make Them!)

Gnomes are the cutest decoration pieces that can be used for every occasion. I have seen Christmas gnomes, Thanksgiving gnomes, and even Valentine’s gnomes! Out of all these, my favorite is a Halloween gnome. This is such a fun and easy DIY project. All you need...