Vintage Christmas Elf Figures and Decorations
Christmas elves—like Santa Claus—may have their roots in Norse mythology, which talks about "álfar," also referred to as "huldufólk," or "hidden folk." These god-like creatures were seen as bringers of both fertility and disease. When the Scandinavians settled in Iceland in the 9th century and brought Celts as their slaves, the concept of álfar, combined a numerous Northern European myths about elves and fairies into "nature spirits." In...