Everyone knows the names of Santa's reindeer. There's Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph. These noble creatures have been immortalized in poetry and song, and left offerings at every home on Christmas Eve. This is all well and good, but what, one may ask, about the elves? Are the elves not as responsible, if not more so, for Santa's benevolent journey as these flying caribou? Who helps Santa keep tabs on the nice and naughty children? Who makes the toys in Santa's bag? Who loads the toys on Santa's sleigh?
Sadly, Santa's elves have largely gone unnamed in popular culture. Some may remember Hermey the misfit elf from the 1964 movie 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.' Hermey was dissatisfied with his station in life as a toymaker, and longed to pursue a career in dentistry instead. The overwhelming anonymity of the elves, aside from Hermey, does have the benefit of leaving space for the imagination to roam. If you lived in a community of Santa's elves on the North Pole, what might be some of the names you would encounter?
Below you'll find a list of our humble suggestions:
Holly, Douglas Fir,
Ultimately, we have to accept that the majority of Santa's elves are officially unnamed. While this is somewhat disappointing, we can still honor their role in the production of Christmas by keeping them in our thoughts and giving them our own worthy names. And, unlike the famed reindeer, Santa's elves teach us all a very special lesson: we must not forget our unsung heroes, and there is always honor in humbleness and humility.