My mom is part Swedish, which should make me part Swedish :) Living in Minnesota, I was part of the American Swedish Institute's Santa Lucia choir and my last year I was one of Santa Lucia's attendants. The holiday is celebrated on December 13 in the early morning and the songs are sung in Swedish. For those of who want to know more about Santa Lucia's holiday, here is a great quick link.
In any case, Dala horses are very representative of Sweden. They come from the Dalarna province in Sweden. I had the opportunity to go in high school to the Dala Horse factory in Dalarna, Sweden and saw how they are made, painted and even sat on a HUGE Dala Horse. Dala horses became famous during the Paris Exposition as part of the Swedish display and are now widely recognized as a symbol of Swedish heritage.
Being that it is such a symbol, I didn't think I'd have a problem finding them. Believe it or not, New York City is not a magnet for the Swedes. So, I set out calling the places I was familiar with - the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis and the Swedish Museum in Andersonville (Chicago). I ended up finding a few Dala horses that were perfect!