Christmas Just Isn’t Christmas Without the Elves

This may come as a surprise to many but Christmas elves don’t live in the Keebler tree like television commercials may lead you to believe! They were actually first described in a book in 1850 that was completed but never published. The author was Louis May Alcott, whose most famous works included “Little Women”, along with several follow up books.

It was not until 1873 that an image of Christmas elves surrounding Santa in a toy workshop graced the cover of a magazine called “Godey’s Lady’s Book”. Louis Godey, who was born in Philadelphia, was also known for a cover in 1850 that depicted the first Christmas tree.

Christmas elves are as mythical as such holiday favorites as Santa, Frosty & Rudolph yet, for millions and millions of children young and old, Christmas elves are as much of a part of our holiday traditions as are swaddling clothes and a manger in Bethlehem.

Our team of elves at Carolina Plantations would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Joyous Holiday Season! We are always honored to be a part of such an important decision in your lives and please let us know how we can be of assistance on your journey.

Cherish your time with family and friends during the holidays and we hope the true meaning of Christmas burns brightly inside you. Ho Ho Ho!!!

So just where and when did Elves enter our Christmas tradition in America? Was it in a Keebler tree?

In 1850, author Louisa May Alcott, who penned Little Women, wrote a book that was never published titled “Christmas Elves”. Seven years later, Harper’s Weekly kept the story of the Elves alive by publishing an anonymous poem “The Wonders of Santa Claus”. Here is the first known published mention of Elves, which have become as much a part of our Christmas folklore as Santa himself, reindeers, stockings and the North Pole.

Beyond the ocean many a mile,
And many a year ago,
There lived a wonderful queer old men
In a wonderful house of snow;
And every little boy and girl,
As Christmas Eves arrive,
No doubt will be very glad to hear,
The old man is still alive.

In his house upon the top of a hill,
And almost out of sight,
He keeps a great many elves at work,
All working with all their might,
To make a million of pretty things,
Cakes, sugar-plums, and toys,
To fill the stockings, hung up you know
By the little girls and boys.

It would be a capital treat be sure,
A glimpse of his wondrous ‘shop;
But the queer old man when a stranger comes,
Orders every elf to stop;
And the house, and work, and workmen all
Instantly take a twist,
And just you may think you are there,
They are off in a frosty mist.

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