The first mention of a gonk dates back to 1600 in Norway, and possibly even earlier than that. A well-known motifs of Nordic folklore the gonks part protector/elf on shelf who watched over homes from evil while also being mischievous themselves but had an often short tempered nature towards others.
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 Scandinavian 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.
Why do we have gonks at Christmas?
The tradition of Gonks everywhere! These little creatures make a comeback at winter time, when they’re thought to bring good luck and protect your home from all sorts solstices.
The gnome-like figurines have their faces covered by large hats with fluffy beards (you can only see the cute bulbous nose). According to legend it’s because these guys take care over you during this stressful season– protecting not just houses but also families within them.
Are Gonks Good Luck?
Yes, many people associate them with good luck particularly during the winter and Christmas seasons.
What do Christmas Gonks represent?
You’ve heard of Santa Claus, but have you ever seen a gonk? Gonks are essentially festive Scandinavian gnomes. With just their nose and beard peaking out from under a hat like the ones Santa wears at Christmas time… these little guys are sure to bring some cheer into your home this season!