About Christmas Elf
The elf is a symbol of Christmas that particularly appeals to children. As described in Norse folklore, it was originally an ambivalent magical creature who might help or obstruct human endeavours. The modern association of helpful elves with Christmas via Santa Claus and his toy making activities was first introduced to Santa's story by author Louisa May Alcott in the mid 19th century, and their behind the scenes industriousness would soon be fixed in the American imagination by a cover of the influential Godey's Lady's Book.
Christmas elves are traditionally depicted as smaller than Santa (himself originally identified as an elf), with pointy ears. They usually wear pointy hats and boots, in green or green and red. In Nordic countries they traditionally wear all red.
With or without the presence of head elf Santa, Christmas elves effortlessly invoke the festive spirit of gift giving and the magic of the season. From Christmas tree baubles to rag doll style models or flourescent illuminated figures for your lawn or rooftop, elves can provide the ideal fun theme for a festive decorative scheme.
The cheeky elf is also a popular seasonal fancy dress costume, and variants are available for men, women and children. Most elves are depicted in practical trousers and tunic, but a woman's fancy dress costume may be designed around a mini dress. There are also onesie versions suitable for either gender, and smaller variants for children. The most important elements of an elf costume are the pointed hat and boots, and the prosthetic pointed ears. Add these to any red and green costume and you have already captured the essence of the Christmas elf.