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It's no coincidence that the current Santa Claus resembles a garden gnome. "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 gnome."

Santas and Gnomes

Santas and Gnomes

Santas and Gnomes

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Note that Santa wears the colours and patterns of the American flag in "Santa Claus in Camp." Does this imply that he already had a dress style and he is now breaking it? Or can any character without a set dress go "camp"? Thomas Nast. Wood engraving, 1863.

Thomas Nast and the Image of Santa Claus

This 1863 Harpers Weekly, illustrated by Thomas Nast, immortalized Santa for all time.

Loving this Gray Woolly Hat Gnome Figurine - Set of Two on

Note that Santa is about the same size as the child. "Seeing Santa Claus." Thomas Nast, 1876.

Seeing Santa Claus by Thomas Nast

Scandinavian Gnome Tomte Nisse Santa Elf Troll decoration

Nordic Gnome Scandinavian Gnome Tomte Nisse Santa Elf Troll decoration DaVinciDollDesigns Christmas Collection©

Scandinavian Gnome Tomte Nisse Santa Elf by DaVinciDollDesigns

Två Bo Svensk-tomtar och tomte med gris & tomteflicka på Tradera.com -

Två Bo Svensk-tomtar och tomte med gris & tomteflicka på Tradera.com -

Christmas Gnome, Christmas Ideas, Gnome Garden, Marcel, Elves, Diy Ideas, Fairies, Xmas, Bricolage

DIY muñecos de fieltro de Navidad

DIY muñecos de fieltro de Navidad

Gnomes, Tomte, Nisse or Tonttu. In Scandinavian countries, these little creatures guard your home. In Swedish, their name comes from the old word tomt which means plot - the plot of land where your home is. A well kept home is said to have its own resident Tomte, who keeps it tidy and safe.

Robbi Tomte Nisse Gnome

Gnomes, Tomte, Nisse or Tonttu. In Scandinavian countries, these little creatures guard your home. In Swedish, their name comes from the old word tomt which means plot - the plot of land where your home is. A well kept home is said to have its own residen

A personal favorite from my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/466469444/gunnar-the-swedish-tomte-christmas-gnome

Gunnar the Swedish Tomte, Christmas Gnome, Norwegian Nisse

Gunnar the Swedish Tomte, Christmas Gnome, Norwegian Nisse, Elf on a Shelf

Купить Новогодний гном Свен - серый, новогодний подарок, гном, новогодний сувенир, новогодний декор

Купить Новогодний гном Свен - серый, новогодний подарок, гном, новогодний сувенир, новогодний декор

This is Alvin, a grumpy little Gnome looking for a home this Christmas | TheRubyRange via etsy:

Autumn Sweater Tomte/Gnomes group F by on Etsy

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Note the impish size of Santa in this. Thomas Nast, "Santa Claus and His Works," Wood engraving, 1866

Thomas Nast and the Image of Santa Claus

Saint Nicholas through the Ages

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