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SANTAS AND GNOMES FROM SWEDISH
According to an old Swedish legend, small gnomes or elves
live in most houses, usually under the house or in the barn.
The Swedish word for both house gnome
and Christmas Santa Claus is “Tomte”.
At the beginning of the last century,
the beloved Swedish artist Jenny Nyström
started painting the Christmas “Tomte”,
the Father Christmas who knocks on the
door and brings a sack full of presents
to all good children on Christmas Eve,
as a small gnome. Ever since, the
Swedish Santa has looked like a house
This handmade 16 inch tall Lapland Tomte/Santa/Gnome will bring lots of happiness to your home. He is designed and handmade by a skilled artisan who lives close to the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, the area also called Lapland where the sun never sets in the summer.
After years of requests, the popular
collectible Santa was finally joined in
2006 by Santa’s wife and by smaller 8
and 7 inch tall Mr. and Mrs. Clause,
also dressed in fur coats. In 2008, a 5
inch tall gnome was introduced. The collection of
Lapland Santas is made exclusively for
SwedArt™ and can not be bought in stores
Each unique 16" Santa has been personally signed by the artisan.
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