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Learn about the Swedish Tomte

A Swedish Tomte is a kind of tiny, benevolent elf or gnome that likes to take up residence near or under houses that are close to a forest, and tends to be occasionally useful to the inhabitants of the house if they treat it well. Typically, they will help lost animals find their way home, or sometimes babysit. Nowadays, they are very handy and can even learn how to repair the dish washer.

 

A Tomte presumably lives off nuts and berries, but in the winter when these are hard to find, it is customary to set out a bowl of porridge outside the front door late in the evening, so that the local tomte has something to eat. This is very important especially around Christmas. On Christmas Eve, it is customary in remote farms to set the dining table for a feast, and leave it overnight. The local Tomte as well as ones from neighbouring houses and from the forest would then sneak in and eat whatever they wanted during the night, and then the people of the house would eat the next day. In Sweden, it's very important to keep a good relationship to your nearby Tomte. Tomtar live all over the world, but I have so far not seen anyone in Taipei or the rest of Taiwan.

 

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