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{Dec. 3} Alfie tells a story

Elf illustrations by Jenny Nystrom

illustration by Jenny Nystrom

On the 3rd day, Alfie was asked to tell a story about elves. This was a crucial part of his training, as children often asked questions about elves, about who they were, where they came from , what they did all year round..

So here is what Alfie told:

There are light elves and dark elves. Usually light elves become Santa’s helpers, as the dark ones are only interested in being mischievous and make pranks to people. For example they hide stuff in our homes, colour the tap water odd colours or replace salt with sugar! Yes, that can happen and you better be nice to elves, or they will make your life miserable!

In the very old days, elves used to live in forests, or deep inside hills and mountains. Now they prefer to stay beside people, and live in stables, attics or even inside houses. If you have an elf living with you, he will bring you good luck and protect you from strange and evil intrusions.

Christmas elves always live in large families, they need to be surrounded by older and younger generations, they love to eat porridge with a bit of melted butter, and they also adore smoking the pipe!

Beside protecting our homes, red hooded Christmas elves must help Santa with choosing, wrapping and delivering gifts. That is their main assignment during the year! The rest of the time they just smoke pipe and play!

Alfie finished talking,

It was time to rest. Tomorrow, Sunday was a big day. He would be celebrating 2nd Advent Sunday with his siblings and parents. And maybe he was alowed to play a bit with his friend and eat Christmas cookies.

3 thoughts on “{Dec. 3} Alfie tells a story

  1. Very sweet but these are not elfs, they are Tomtar (pl), Sweden had not adhered to Santa Claus during this Jenny Nyströms time and still has not as other western countries. Our Tomte was a different creature whom often helped out in the stables and was a tiny grey little figure which slowly became more Santa Claus like over the years. The goat is also very traditional and was seen in the “yule” times much earlier than Christianity arrived.. We are going back to the Vikings now so I better stop..
    On ending on a funny note… the flying raindeers, seem to have originated from halucinogenic mushrooms taken by the Sami in Lappland and… there is lots more.
    Thank you for the pictures!

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