Destination for Gnomes and enthusiasts.
The Tomte (or Nisse) of ancient Scandinavian folklore had a deep love and respect for the land and its animals, and was fiercely protective of a farmer who shared that respect. The Tomte would look after the family and farm at night and would leave small gifts (usually treats for the farm animals). Farmers sometimes awoke to find that work they began had been completed during the night. It was customary for farmers to leave small gifts (often something to eat) for the Tomte in return.
Long associated with this exchange of gifts, it was said in Denmark, after about 1840, that Christmas gifts were delivered by a Tomte (or Nisse).
Around 1880 in Sweden, the "Jultomte" (Yule Tomte) was integrated into the emerging Father Christmas story. His Christmas delivery service expanded to include Sweden and Norway.
The depictions here are based on those from Sweden during this period. He does remind one of a modern Christmas elf.
Note: text as shown on the back of the card.
From the smallest hands
come the most precious gifts.
Wishing you a lifetime of treasures
Note: greeting as shown on the inside of the card.
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