Love them or hate them Gonks are everywhere this Christmas. A regular Christmas best-seller at Maggy Kay Gifts, these curious little Christmas decorations are once again flying off the shelves. To be honest, I was a little unsure about these little characters when we first brought them in a couple of years ago and was really rather surprised when they started selling so well. It did get me to wondering what was the attraction was and encouraged me to find out a little bit more about these little creatures. Do read on as their story is really interesting and rather endearing.
Gonks originate in Scandinavian folklore and are also known as Tomte in Sweden, Tonttu in Finland, Nisse in Norway and Denmark. They are small mythological white-bearded creatures, resembling garden gnomes. While they used to be seen as home protectors, these little characters, wearing knitted hats are now considered as the Nordic version of our Western Santa Claus.
According to Scandinavian legends and tales, Gonks were powerful guardians protecting farms from potential catastrophes and misfortune. The small household defenders were notably believed to take care of the family and animals, ensuring the financial growth of the farms they were watching. In exchange for their hard work, Gonks liked to be rewarded with porridge and butter. If they were not properly thanked, or worse, if they were faced with rudeness, Gonks could turn into cruel little monsters playing tricks, ruining barns, or even killing animals.
Nowadays, Gonks are mostly associated with Christmas, and despite the increase in popularity of the traditional jolly Santa Claus in Scandinavian countries, Gonks have not disappeared and can take on the role of Father Christmas. Rather than sliding down a sooty chimney, Gonks prefer to knock at front doors and hand presents directly to awaiting children.
Gonks features heavily in Scandinavian Christmas celebrations and can be seen on Christmas cards, as ornaments in living rooms and even in gardens. Some of the original traditions surrounding the Gonk still exist with many children leaving bowls of porridge with butter on top out on Christmas Eve to make the Gonks happy and ensure good luck for the year ahead.
At Maggy Kay Gifts we have embraced the story of the Gonk this Christmas and have a gorgeous selection of super cute little Gonk characters to choose from. My absolute favourites this year are the Set of 2 Red Christmas Santa Gonks. These are so soft and cute and are a stunning festive Red colour. If you prefer a really cute option choose the Set of 2 Light Up Christmas Santa Gonks. For something a little more stylish have a peek at the Leather Look Gonk. Whichever option you choose, they will add a touch of fun and originality to your Christmas décor this year. Do ensure you treat your new little Gonk friends well and good luck may follow you into 2019.
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