Gnomes, Tomte, Nisse or Tonttu. In Scandinavian countries, these little creatures guard your home. In Swedish, their name comes from the old word tomt which means plot - the plot of land where your home is. A well kept home is said to have its own resident Tomte, who keeps it tidy and safe.
cute snowman painting - i like the colors chosen, would look nice on wood, slightly distressed, i think i'd tend to use a sprig of greenery at the top. maybe nothing on the bottom, unless its hung on a door then i might use rusty jungle bell.