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Thread #54983   Message #1350155
Posted By: CapriUni
07-Dec-04 - 02:43 PM
Thread Name: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
Subject: RE: Pagan thoughts on 'Santa Claus'
My links weren't very good. I think the elf idea originated in Iceland.

Yes.... sort of.

There's a thread about that started by Mudcat's own Skarpi (a native of Iceland), here: The trolls and fairy's of Iceland (which I've just refreshed).

What I'm interested in is their first modern incarnation, just as the eight reindeer and their individual names came from "A Visit From Saint Nicholas."

Was Rudolph really their first appearance? I would have thought they were older...

And did you know that the poor ad writer for Montgomery Ward's never got a penny in royalties for his labors?

I'm not fond of the Rudolph story, myself, but still -- that's just a crime!