"He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself"
-- C. Clement Moore
This Santa Claus is certainly a magical fellow. He flies through the sky, is rarely seen outside of shopping malls, possesses an uncanny intelligence about who has been naughty or nice, and has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of toys.
Some say he is descended -- or evolved -- from Kris Kringle, a legendary figure from Norse folk tales. Or perhaps he's related to Odin, the Lord of the Winds who rode through the stormy nights on an eight-legged flying horse.
Continued at... A Right Jolly Old Elf.
by Michael Hofferber. Copyright © 2003. All rights reserved.
Out of the Past
Holidays and Notable Events
Artwork: Spirit Of Santa by Tom Browning