Duncan Royale The Pixie
The little pixies dressed
in green with pointed hats and shoes originated in Ireland and have
found their way into the American Christmas scene as Santa’s helpers,
known as elves.
Stories and legends of
pixies have been told for centuries. Some pixies were good and helpful;
others bad and destructive, but most of all they were mischief makers.
ft was said the Pixie tangled the hair of the horse’s mane so that it
could not be combed; he also caused milk to sour, and hid the master’s
hat. They were always busy.
Each country had its own
type of pixies with varying characteristics. The English Pixies were
small and handsome in their green clothes. At night they were said to be
dancing fairy rings to the music of crickets and grasshoppers.
The German Pixies were
tiny with long gray beards who loved clean Home Pages and were known to help
the servants in house holds do their chores.
Pixies were never seen
doing any of these things because they could disappear in the wink of an
eye. That is why children could never catch them when they left gifts at
Christmas time. Many people held superstitious beliefs about the Pixie’s
power and did not want to annoy them.
As Christian customs
became more widespread, the character of the Pixie changed, instead of
staying out of sight they began To do things openly and took on the new
role of gift bringers at Christmas, During Victorian times illustrators
gave them an angelic appearance and showed them helping Christkindt.
In the mid-nineteenth
century, C. C. Moore’s poem "A Visit From St. Nicholas”
promoted the image of Santa Claus we see today. Undoubtedly his little
elves keep him informed on “who’s naughty and who’s nice” as
they busily make toys in the North Pole workshop. How else could Santa
Claus have all those toys ready each Christmas?
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