Santa’s Christmas Elves: Their Names, History and More About Them

  • Alabaster Snowball: Alabaster is the administrator of Santa’s (in)famous Naughty and Nice List. You definitely want to make sure you’re always nice to him!
  • Bushy Evergreen: Bushy is the inventor of the magic toy-making machine Santa uses to produce all the toys that are sent to kids all over the world.
  • Pepper Minstix: Pepper is the protector of Santa’s secret village near the North Pole. Think of him as Head of Elf Security.
  • Shinny Upatree: Shinny is Santa’s oldest friend and co-founder of Santa’s secret village and workshop.
  • Sugarplum Mary (aka Mary Christmas): Mary is in charge of all the sweets and treats production. She is Mrs. Claus’s assistant and is in charge of the kitchen (let’s not dwell too much on the fact that the only female elf is both an assistant and works in the kitchen…or let’s do actually).
  • Wunorse Openslae (say it out loud): He’s responsible for Santa’s sleigh, as well as taking care of the aforementioned reindeer.
  • Buddy from Elf: Will Farrell, back when Will was funny and made good movies
Will Farrell, back when he was funny.
  • Hermey the Misfit from Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: It was a 1964 movie that’s an oft-repeated TV special
Hermey the misfit elf.
  • Bernard from The Santa Clause : David Krumholtz plays Bernard in this highly OK movie
  • Jingles from Archie Comics : Don’t ask me why, but I read a lot of comics growing up, and happen to know this fact.
Godey’s Lady Book, “The Workshop of Santa Claus” showing Santa and his elves
Norman Rockwell’s iconic Santa (with elves!)
Scary German Santa with scary elf.



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