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What is a Nisse? (or a Tomte?)

What is a Nisse? (or a Tomte?)

Posted by Louise Hanson on May 30th 2024

Every year during the holiday season we see images and figures of the Norwegian Nisse and Swedish Tomte. They are not an elf, they are not exactly a Santa, and they are definitely not a garden gnome... so what are they, and Where did they come from? In this article written for The Norwegian American, Louise explains the story and tradition behind these uniquely Scandinavian characters.

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