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 Scandanavian folklore and over time they have become more popular amongst the mainstream and this popularity is continuing to increase especially with people more easily able to buy them via the internet.
It is believed that they were first found in tales in the 1600s with many thinking that they originate from the 13th century. Many people associate them with Christmas gnomes even though they are different with their faces being entirely covered by their hat and beard. Their nose is the most distinctive part of their face and they are believed to be responsible for protecting their owner’s home during winter and Christmas.
What do Gonks have to do with Xmas?
Many people associate them, as they often do with gnomes, with Xmas mainly due to their appearance which is to have a beard, round belly and often wear red or green clothing so share many similarities. They originate from Scandanavian folklore and tales which also relates to Christmas in many ways.
Christmas Gonks will often be dressed in big coats and have a hat on, often red or green and have other Xmas related accessories such as sledges and big boots. Many people sell them as Christmas decorations such as tree decorations or items that can be placed around your home.
Are Gonks Good Luck?
Yes, many people associate them with good luck particularly during the winter and Christmas seasons.