The Swedish dala horse is a friendly, welcoming symbol.
My heritage is mostly German, but I grew up in Paxton, a town with strong Swedish roots.
One thing I grew up seeing - door signs saying "välkommen" and featuring red dala horses.
I'd forgotten how much I miss seeing those dala horses, now that I live in Champaign, until I saw one on Pinterest and felt compelled to make a whole board of dala horses.
In my house, I only have two old tote bags that used to be my grandma's, from a previous Paxton Swedish Heritage Days celebration. I keep my crochet hooks in one.
But look at all these cute dala-horse items I found online: