Who were Santa’s first elves? How did they make the magic come alive?
In the past few years Christmas Elves have become increasingly popular and as the Christmas Elf tradition has spread throughout the world, Santa’s Elves have invaded our homes and even featured in films. But who were the original elves? After a little cajoling, Elfin our resident Christmas Elf told me about Santa’s very first elves…
Traditional Christmas Elves names and roles
Most businesses start small and Santa’s magical workshop is no exception. It is said that Santa initially employed just six elves.
The elves are intelligent and highly skilled. They help Santa to design and make toys and deal with the millions of requests children send Santa every year. Without the Elves, Santa Claus and Mrs Claus will not have been able to make their Christmas dream reality. Hundreds of years later the original elves still work with Santa at the North Pole. They make the magic of Christmas come alive every year for children around the world.
Here are the names of Santa’s original Christmas elves:
Alabaster is quite a character. Although all elves are highly intelligent, he’s the only elf at the North Pole with two university degrees. From Cambridge that is. Friendly and good hearted, he is entrusted with one of the most important jobs. He is the Administrator of the “Naughty or Nice List”, so you definitely want to be on his side.
He has developed an elaborate computer system that updates each child’s Naughty or Nice rating five times a minute, all year around.
Thanks to Alabaster, Santa has the latest updates on everyone and can adjust the toy production and deliveries right to the last minute. You better be good for goodness sake!
A skilled engineer and the inventor of Santa’s magic toy-making machine. Bushy came from a family that lived in the forest way up North. Like most forest creatures, Bushy became skilled in the art of woodcarving at an early age.
By the time he was a boy of 103, he had carved millions of wooden trains, cars, dinosaurs and other toys. Bushy is now the head Toy Maker for Santa and keeps on developing his famous toy making machine to meet children’s endless demand for new toys.
Pepper is the protector of Santa’s magic world, and has worked his way up to being Head of Elf Security. He is entrusted with the important job of watching out for the well-being and safety of Santa Claus and Mrs Claus.
He is also in charge of guarding the secret location of Santa’s Village and magic workshop. Billions of children, not to mention adults, would love know where it is, so he has his work cut out.
Pepper likes to model his outfits after that of the military and patrols around the Village with a chest full of Elf Medals and a makeshift armour made of kitchen pots and pans. He owns a one-of-a-kind bubble gum firing machine gun and no-one would dare mess with him.
Shinny is the oldest resident of the North Pole Village – even older than Santa. He’s no taller than a four year old, skinny and as wrinkled as an old apple. Under his rugged appearance and cranky manners, he has a good heart and is totally devoted to Santa.
Shinny is the leader of the all the Elves and Santa’s oldest and most trusted friend. In fact, he co-founded the Magic Workshop with him! Everyone puts up with his moodiness because without the old Shinny Upatree, there wouldn’t be a Village, Workshop, Christmas and maybe not even Santa.
Mary is said to originate from a far away Asian province. She is tiny with dark hair and skin and awfully pretty.
Head of sweet treats, Mary is the most marvellous of cooks and is the top assistant to Mrs. Claus in the kitchen. Our Christmas Elf, Elfin adores her and learned most of his recipes from her.If Santa has ever brought you chocolates and other sweet treats Sugarplum Mary will be behind the original recipe.
She also teaches Kung Fu to the young elves every Friday afternoon.
One of the few old native Nordic Elves, Wunorse is in his middle years, around 600 years old. Akin to his Viking ancestors he is tall and strong with long blonde hair that he wears in thick braids. He wears dozens of tiny jingle bells sewn onto his clothes, so the enchanting sound of magic Christmas bells follows him everywhere.
In charge of the reindeer, Wunorse is also a true inventor and craftsman, and he always carries with him a pencil and notepad for doodling, sketching and dreaming up new inventions. It was him who long ago created Santa’s magic sleigh.