In Sweden, he’s known as Tomte, Tonttu in Finland and Nisse in Norway… this cheeky, generous folklore character is believed to have originated from the soul of the first farm owner, who then became a spirit figure, with the task of looking after the farm.
No Scandi home would be without its own tomte on display in the festive period
‘Our tomte will happily sit with his floppy legs on a mantelpiece or shelf, watching over the home and everyone in it,’ adds Sandie. ‘Just don’t forget to leave out a bowl of his favourite julgröt (porridge) on Christmas Eve.’
Swedish Tomte, £12