Christmas holidays are most awaited by everyone and especially by children. Christmas decoration includes trees, candles, wreaths Christmas ornaments, and gnomes. What are Christmas Gnomes? And how to make Christmas gnomes?
1. Christmas Gnomes
Christmas gnomes appear as short people who have long white beards and conical hats. These little guys are part of Christmas decorations. Christmas gnomes are part of the Nordic Folklore. They were considered as creatures then. However, they are now part of the holidays. Christmas gnomes do seem similar to seven elves or dwarfs who accompanied snow-white!
Christmas gnomes are super cute and attractive. These little guys are adorable and a treat for Christmas lovers. Whenever we are surrounded by Christmas gnomes we feel happy and positive. Legends have it that if we are nice to them or appreciate their beauty then they are good to us. They return the favour. Let us find out where they originated.
1.1 The History Of Christmas Gnomes
According to Scandinavian folklore, they were ‘house gnomes’ and lived under the house. Christmas gnomes were considered to protect the children and other members of the family from misfortune and evil. They would also protect the animals from calamities. You may also call them Santa Klaus who is very popular among the American population.
Christmas Gnomes are known as ‘Nisse’ in Norway. According to the history of Christmas Gnomes, they are considered a symbol of good luck. It is said that also protected the buried minerals and treasures. That is why most of them were kept in the garden.
Currently, Christmas gnomes are also utilized as an entity to protect the crops and watch over the livestock. Christmas gnomes are often kept in the garden to look over pets and other domestic animals.
1.2 The Folklore
As mentioned above Christmas gnomes were presented as creatures in ancient folklore. Some say that they are mythical creatures. Christmas gnomes were perceived to be living under the ground. Their name is derived from a Latin word whose true meaning is earth dweller.
Christmas gnomes can be cited in many folklore of different countries. They are referred to by various names such as Nisse in Norway and Denmark, and Duende in England and Spain.
2. The Presence
Normally, Christmas gnomes look the same. They were not described clearly in the stories and folklore. However, garden gnomes are very popular and generally have the same presence. They have long white beards, big noses, short legs, simple clothes, and a pointed red hat.
There are also male and female Christmas gnomes. Female Christmas gnomes have long hair, the same red hat, simple dress. They may seem like little witches. Today people like to engage in Christmas crafts. They have completely transformed little gnomes.
Now, Christmas gnomes wear attractive and colourful clothes, and configurations. There are skiing gnomes, gnomes with beer kegs, and bathing Christmas gnomes. The beer kegs are generally powered by solar energy.
The main intention of Christmas gnomes is to add a little humour during the Christmas holidays. On the other hand, the intention of garden Christmas gnomes is different as they are not very attractive and adorable. They are traditional Christmas gnomes. After a brief understanding of the history, we would see how to make Christmas gnomes.
3. Who Produced Christmas Gnomes?
We looked at the folklore that had Christmas gnomes and their purpose in the Christmas holidays. But who produced them in the first place? It was in the early 1800s when the first garden gnome was produced in Germany. These were made with clay. In the 1840s they were spotted in the gardens of England.
They were mass-produced in Germany and spread out in the world in the 1870s. Today, few people prefer mass-produced Christmas gnomes. They make these adorable creatures all by themselves by giving them a makeover. You can also make your Christmas merry by making Christmas gnomes by yourself. Let us see how to make Christmas gnomes.
4. How To Make Christmas Gnomes?
Numerous Christmas decor ideas can be executed, such as sock gnomes, Christmas gnomes door hangers, crochet gnomes, and so on. Following are some easy DIY Christmas gnome ideas that you would love to try out.
4.1 DIY Sock Gnomes
Just follow simple steps and you will be able to make the cutest Christmas gnomes at home! Take a solid colour sock that is thick enough to stay for a longer time. Cut the toe part of the sock. Take a cone and insert it into the sock. Make sure that 5 inches of the cone is covered. through the sock.
Then cut the faux fur and stick to the sock. Stick the fur in such a way that it would not touch the cone. In that way, the fur would look like a beard. Take a bead of your favourite colour and stick it in the middle of the fur. The face will look complete.
Now, we have to make a hat. Take another sock that has vertical or horizontal patterns on it. Cut the sock diagonally so that it has a pointed tip. Place the sock on the top of the cone and stick both both them with a glue gun so that they won’t fall out.
4.2 DIY Christmas Gnome Door Hanger
You will just need a pair of scissors, faux fur, a hanger, a glue gun, and a colourful hat. Twist the wire of the hanger in a triangular shape. Then take any two ends and stick the fur on the wire. This part would become the beard of the gnome.
Take pajama pants if you want and stick them behind and top side of the beard. It will look like the gnome is standing. Take a bead or big ball of fur and stick it in the middle of the fur. Finally, take a hat and stitch it around the wire. Done! Your Christmas gnome door hanger is ready.
4.3 Sitting Christmas Gnomes
Everyone has a Christmas gnome but in a standing position. Let us try to make some changes. Just follow any of the above steps and outline a super cute gnome. Make sure that you do not add any legs to it and your gnomes will be ready!
So what are you waiting for? Just try out simple DIY Christmas gnomes and add more joy to your holidays.
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