** Note from the artist **
Below you will find
condensed versions of the legends that accompany my Santa's.
You will find two varieties of stories that accompany my Santa's. Historical folklore & traditions originating from a Country, and the stories that I have created or embellished in order to fit my Santa creation. My stories are used when no originating historical folklore exists for a particular Santa that I have created.
Please be responsible when posting Santa Claus legends & folklore on your Christmas site. I am insistent on differentiating between actual historical folklore on this site and my personal created stories that I use to accompany my Santa's. Many Santa Artists like myself, make up small stories to accompany their work when folklore is not available. If you are not sure what folklore has been passed down through the ages or what stories have come from the minds of my fellow Santa artists or myself, please ask questions! Santamakers in general are a friendly bunch of people and most of us are willing to help you!
I've clearly marked which stories belong to Mountain Elves with a "© Copyright" so please, if your not sure, ask questions! Do your research and remember, just because the same thing may be posted on 20 or more sites, does not make that information fact! Help us stop the spread of misinformation and false folklore.
I am quite fond of my Rubezahl Santa. Actually, Rubezahl's folklore roots are that of a gnome or mountain spirit. My story of Rubezahl comes from a friend and fellow artist, who grew up in Germany during WWII. Her mother had embellished the Rubezahl legend a bit when she was young, transforming the little gnome into a Santa figure of sorts.
As a child, my friend was told that Rubezahl lived in the woods and he would keep all the children safe who entered the forest (This part of the folklore is historically true and relates to the gnome figure).
During Christmas season, he would hide in the attic or loft, and would spy on the children, reporting to Santa who was good or bad. He also helped Santa deliver presents (This part of the legend is what her mother made up).
The condensed version of her story that I have listed here, was only one parent's answer to keeping their children good during the holidays. But please, this story should not be classified as a "historical" folklore or legend! I was given permission to tell her story and I still use it on my Santa's today. Please remember that Rubezahl should not be classified as "historical German Santa folklore". But if you do happen to see him out there wandering around the web, remember this story and pass on what you have learned!
Do not copy
any of the legends below to use on other websites
Note: Not all the
Santa's below are linked to their folklore.
Follow the gold links to view condensed versions of the legends that accompany my Santa's, available here.
Tsai Sen Yeh
Old Elf (America) In
1809 Washington Irving
introduced the first American depiction of Santa Claus
in "Knickerbocker's History of New York". Irving's Santa is of Dutch origin, with baggy breeches, broad brimmed hat, magical long pipe and a habit of laying his finger alongside his nose and winking.
Pennsylvania Dutch- (America) The English
Dutch and German Dutch located in this area combined
their legends of Santa. Some called him Christkindle and others called him Kris Kringle. He would climb through open windows leaving presents. On his departure he would ring a bell. © Copyright 1986 - 2008 Mountain Elves
Civil War Santa - (America) In late 1863 and
throughout 1864 the red, white and blue flag motif was
used in many unusual places in an effort to boost morale and patriotic spirits in the war-weary North. Both the North and the South used Santa to pass out propaganda material. After all, who is going to shoot Santa Claus!
© Copyright 1986 - 2008 Mountain Elves
Weinachtsmann - (Germany)
Meaning "Christmas Man".
On Dec. 6th, Saints Feast Day, children would leave their shoes on the doorstep. Weinachtsmann would fill the shoes with toys and gifts. In some parts of Germany he brought presents on Christmas Eve accompanied by Christkindle "Christ's Little Helper". Christkindle- (Germany) A boyish figure of no gender. On Christmas Eve he would help Weinachtsmann carry gifts, and would fill the good children's shoes with toys and gifts.
Rubezahl - (Germany)
"The watcher of the woods".
He would watch over children who entered the woods,
keeping them from getting lost and safe from harm. All year long he would make presents which he would pack into his sack at Christmas time and deliver to the children.
© Copyright 1986 - 2008 Mountain Elves
Piet - (Black Peter) During
the middle ages the Dutch referred to the devil as Black Peter. It was
said that St. Nicholas put the devil in chains and made him his slave.
St. Nicholas would have Black Peter drop candy and gifts down the
chimneys into the children's shoes on St. Nicholas Eve, which is a few
weeks before Christmas.. The practice was eventually carried over to
Originated in the 1600’s. Carrying a lantern, Father Christmas would go from house to house peeping into windows and watching the children to see if they were being good. The well-behaved children, of course, would find gifts beneath the Christmas tree, left there by Father Christmas as a reward for doing their chores and minding their parents.
|Well.. It took 14 years, but I guess Mr. Claus should be well on his way to the Clinton Presidential Library (as I was told, anyway). Special thanks to the many West Virginia artists that contributed in the making of this special Santa! If you would like to read about his journey which started in 1993, you can read about "Mr. Claus Goes To Washington" as reported in The Charleston Gazette Dec. 26, 1993.|
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