Though the exact definition of this elusive creature has changed over time, it is said that Christmas 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 Christmas time to protect their land from evil forces like elves during Christmas celebrations–a reminder not only they but also all humans need protection against harm’s way since there really isn’t any one else out here looking after us!
Why are Gnomes Associated with Christmas?
The Scandinavians have always had a special place in their hearts for the elves. They were viewed as house gnomes who guarded against evil and to this day, Christmas Elves continue that tradition!
Are Gnomes Still Popular at Christmas?
Light up gnomes will be on trend for Christmas this year. They range from Nordic elves in forest green to gonks, or “Gnome” as they’re often called now and then with glittering eyes that light up when you press them! There’s even glass decorations—in 2021 expect lots of glimmering bits dancing around like fairies at night time parties (and animals).
Why are They so Popular at Christmas?
This will be due to a number of factors; possible the main one being that they look very similar to Santa Claus which makes them perfectly placed to be given a Santa-style look. This means giving them a red outfit and the same kind of boots that they big man has every year too. They also have the beard and big belly, of course, which all adds up to them almost looking the same!
Another reason will be that they are great for placing around the house, in addition to being outside, and are fun to look at so people naturally like having them and Christmas is the perfect time to decorate a house with all kinds of lovely ornaments.
As various forms of gnome ornaments are easy to make, people enjoy using them in various ways such as hanging them off trees, as plush ornaments to be placed on a couch alongside cushions, place card holders, and as little fluffy characters that work well alongside napkins.
Are Gnomes for Christmas Only?
No, they are all year around but they are often associated with Christmas due to their looks and often seen wearing red or green.