CHRISTMAS ELF LOGS...
How to Write a Letter to Santa Claus
Santa is very good at knowing what boys and girls would like for Christmas. But because he has so many children on his list, he could forget the one present your child wants more than anything. Prevent that catastrophe by giving your child these instructions on writing a reminder letter to Santa.
What to Write in a Letter to Santa Claus – The Introduction
Firstly, the letter should start with “Dear Santa” or “Dear Father Christmas”. “Hello Santa” is friendly but does not show much affection. “To whom it may concern” is much too formal – only old people pretending to be serious use “To whom it may concern”.
Now, don’t rush straight in with a list of desired gifts. A couple of short sentences should be written as an introduction. Santa likes to hear where people live, what they like doing and how old they are. However, don’t write too much; as said before, Santa is a very busy man and he has a lot of letters to read.
Christmas elf is a diminutive creature (elf) that in modern times supposedly lives with Santa Claus in the North Pole and acts as his helper. Christmas elves are often depicted as green or red clad with pointy ears, long noses, and pointy hats. Santa's elves are often said to make the toys inSanta's workshop and take care of his reindeer, among other tasks. Elves in general originate from pagan stories in northern Europe and were introduced into the Santa Claus tale during the 19th Century, in the United States, including in some cases where Santa Claus himself is an elf. Therefore, Christmas elves became a part of American Christmas tradition that was exported, along with Santa Clause to other parts of the world. However, Christmas elfs in American folklore originated in Northern Europe from where settlers brought the Christmas traditions that evolved into the American Christmas that was later exported around the world, along with other aspects of American popular culture. Santa's assistants can be different depending on the country with a wide variety in western and northern Europe alone.
ELF AROUND EUROPE...
- Germany: Elfen, Elben
- Great Britain: addler (obsolete)
- Netherlands: Elfen, Alfen, Elven
- Denmark: alfer, elvere, elverfolk, ellefolk or huldrer.
- Iceland: álfar, álfafólk and huldufólk (hidden people)
- Norway: alver, alfer or elvefolk
- Sweden: alfer, alver or älvor (Älvor translates to fairies)
- Spanish: "elfo"