Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tomte

Do you about Tomtens?

Well, of course, you probably do...but would you know one if you saw one? Would you be able to tell the difference between a Tomten and a Troll?

I think I have a Tomten. But maybe he is a Troll? I'd rather he was a Tomten. I think he might be. Mostly because he fits the description. He is an old, old Tomten, who has seen the snow of many winters...and no one know when he came here...he has always just been here. And sometimes, we see his footprints in the snow. Some say that Tomtens have features like animals. My Tomten has a nose like a pig. I'll show you a picture of him. Here he is.

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But he might not be a REAL Tomten. You know, because I have him. And I can see him. And take pictures of him. You are not supposed to be able to see real Tomtens. But maybe my Tomten comes to life when I am asleep.

Someone made my Tomten with their hands. They carved his feet.

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They patched his pants.

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They knit his socks. And they knit him a hat.

His hat needs mending, but I don't dare touch it. I don't want to disturb the Tomten mojo.

I take him out of his house sometimes and put him near the window so he can look outside. His house is in the bottom portion of my Victrola cabinet..just in case he is a troll. It was pointed out to me by a friend- that living in a VicTROLLA is a good place for a Troll.

When I set him near the window, he takes on a strange shape in the moonlight. He must be Tomten. He talks to the chickens...in a silent little language chickens understands, "lay me an egg my jolly chickens and I will give you corn to eat." and he talks to the sheep...in a silent little language the sheep can understand...

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"all my sheep, all my lambs..the night is cold, but your wool is warm and you have aspen leaves to eat."

Yes...I like to think he is a Tomten. Winters come and winters go...

If you don't know the story of the Tomten you can listen to it here.

May you have a very happy Christmastime, Yuletide, Wintertime or Holiday..whatever you celebrate... watch for the Tomten!

11 comments:

The Gingerbread House said...

I was about to fall asleep watching this :o)...I was tired from putting away cabbage today and found the video soothing :o) it was like I was being told a bedtime story. Thanks for the peaceful moments :o) Ginny

Judy said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Sharon said...

Well, I've learnt something new, I had never heard of a tomte before. Merry Christmas/solstice etc to you too! Sharon

Valerie said...

Hmph....my husband will be dressing like that most of next week while he putters around his workshop on his week away from work and dress clothes. Maybe I married a Tomten...but he would never sleep under the victrola.

Merry Christmas, Cyndy!!

Jody said...

Luv the story of the Tomten. At first I thought you were talking about Tomtom (GPS) hehe.
Happy Christmas to you and your family Cindy :-)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I think your little guy is a Tomten. I have never heard of them before. If he was a troll he would live under a bridge and not be so friendly with people no matter.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Peace.

Marcy said...

Definitely a Tomten! How lucky you are that he lives with you. Merry Solstice and Happy Christmas, Cyndy!

thecrazysheeplady said...

A Tomten for sure! Merry Christmas :-).

Anonymous said...

" But maybe my Tomten comes to life when I am asleep"

Kinden Maniqien gern?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwjk8yM4ctE&feature=related

Cathy said...

Love it!!

And we're coming up on the New Year so maybe someone will knit him a blanket to snuggle in. Lace, of course, to match the rest of the holey apparel!

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

I love your Tomten, hat mending needed and all. It seems so authentic that way. I've been wanting to get a tomten for our house but haven't yet found the right one. DH did order me the Astrid Lundgren book as a surprise though!

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