I love this ornament. I think it came from Macy's last year, part of the Martha line, I think. Pete got it for me, so I don't know much. It's become very important to Delia, who calls it The Tomten, which is her night time alter ego.
This book is behind it all. It's The Tomten, one of our all time family favorites. It's a thin paperback copy, I'd love to find a hardbound version. It's a quiet story about a little bearded troll type man who walks the farm after midnight. Delia is our night owl, like her father, so she becomes the Tomten late at night. A Tomten costume is what she has requested from Sadie as her handmade solstice gift—which is so sweet and mildly stressful for me. Didn't we just do Halloween? But, I have to help with this, because she wants a white beard. For real. I saw this and am in awe. Now I have to start the pine cone smock. Wow.