Spring Trend Alert: Easter Gnomes Are the Newest Decorating Craze
This article originally appeared on Better Homes & Gardens.
When it comes to Easter decorations, it seems fluffy rabbits, tulip wreaths, and dyed eggs run the gamut. This year, we’ve picked up on a different trend: Easter gnomes. Yes, the little bearded figurines you may have seen hiding out in the neighbor’s garden have found their way into spring home decor. And we’re not the only ones who have noticed; according to Google Trends, searches for Easter gnomes have increased 92% over the past four years.
Last winter, Christmas gnomes became a miniature addition to our holiday decorations in the form of adorable plush statues, tree ornaments, and even cookie jars. Now, we’re seeing the little figurines dressed in pastel colors, rabbit ears, and fluffy cottontails just in time for spring.
Historically, gnomes (known as nisse in Norway) originated from Scandinavian folklore. The nisse is a small, bearded nature spirit in charge of caring for farmers and their families. While more directly connected to the Christmas season, these little bearded pixies have become a symbol of good luck, and simply having one in your home is believed to bring cleanliness and prosperity.
Now that we know these festive figures exist, we'll be displaying these Easter gnomes all over the house this spring.