Gnomes are adorable additions to your garden but did you know that house gnomes, and specifically Christmas Gnomes have a very long history?
They are known to be a good luck charm that has a very long history. The tradition of having gnomes in the house and garden started much longer ago than you may know. They were traditionally thought to be good luck charms that were designed to help to keep the home and garden safe and productive.
The first time we hear of gnomes or even Garden Gnomes is in Germany about 200 years ago in the early years of the 1800s. These gnomes were made of clay and were gnarled and ancient-looking. They began to be seen in gardens in England and the UK in about the 1850s and they were wildly popular such that everyone wanted to have one. While they were not seen prior to this commercially the fact is that the folklore that compelled them to be made dates back even longer. The folklore about gnomes comes from the late 1700s and the early 1800s when these gnomes were thought to be caretakers or household spirits responsible for the care and prosperity of a farm or family.
They began to be mass-produced in Germany in the latter part of the 1870s. The two big names in gnome manufacturing were Philipp Griebel and August Heissner, with Heissner becoming known around the world for his gnomes. Unfortunately, the war in Germany wiped out most of the gnome productions and they became hard to find.
Today you can have your own gnomes. From Christmas gnomes on tee-shirts to garden gnomes on your coffee mug, populate your own house with Christmas Gnomes or give them to someone that you know collects them. What nicer holiday gift than your own Christmas gnome to protect your kitchen or house by means of a perfectly designed Christmas gnome on their own coffee cup. Your gnome cups and tees are able to be personalized to provide their name and gnome. Get your gnome on at MagicalDuck.com