Christmas Gnome Decorating Ideas

There's a reason you'll be seeing more of these small statues this holiday season.

We're ready to deck the halls in the hottest holiday decor trends, and we've noticed a surprising number of gnome decorations hiding among the holiday lights and ornaments. According to Google Trends, searches for "Christmas gnomes" have increased by 525% over half a dozen years. Of course, people have been decorating with gnomes for a long time—you've probably seen a few kitschy terra-cotta gnomes hiding out in neighbors' gardens—but there's actually a reason we're seeing more of them at Christmastime.

Although the exact definition has changed quite a bit over the years, gnomes are said to be nature spirits who live underground, often interacting with humans in either helpful or mischievous ways. However, in Scandinavia, gnomes (known as nisse in Norway) are associated with the Christmas season. Much like the American Santa Claus, the julenissebasically Kris Kringle in gnome form—visits the homes of good children on Christmas Eve. The children leave a bowl of porridge for the gnome, and in return, the julenisse brings presents to their front door.

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Gnomes have resurged as the perfect addition to farmhouse holiday decor. Dozens of home brands have turned the small figures into adorable holiday decor, and there are hundreds of festive gnomes to choose from. Display them on your holiday mantel, hang handmade gnome ornaments on your tree, or deck out your kitchen with gnome-shaped cookware. Check out a few of our favorites to display. We can't wait to pair them with our buffalo check accents, vintage ceramic trees, and classic Christmas decor.

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Gnome Cookie Jar

red and white gnome cookie jar
Courtesy of Cost Plus World Market

Forget the Santa-shaped cookie jar—we'll be storing our classic Christmas cookies in a gnome jar. Dressed in a festive hat and sweater, this ceramic gnome will keep your baked goods fresh all season long.

Buy It: Red Gnome Cookie Jar (World Market)

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Gnome Place Cards

gnome place card holders
Courtesy of Pottery Barn

These hand-painted place card holders are a festive addition to your Christmas dinner table. Each earthenware gnome has a slot to hold a name card for each family member. Grab a set and use sturdy cardstock paper to create each place setting.

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