Questioning Elves

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Once again it started with a simple question, , “How did elves end up in Christmas traditions?”  And so the research began!  Below are the online resources and activities we linked to as we discovered the origins, lore, secrets, and magic of elves.

Elves make appearances in Norse mythology, Shakespeare, and Tolkien. Those tell of elves in forests, but not at the North Pole helping Santa!  Elf Origins and History – http://www.livescience.com/39689-history-of-elves.html

After hundreds of years of elves being a part of Germanic paganism, the beliefs carried over to the Scandinavian people.  “The perception of gnomes largely depended on whether a person was naughty or nice”  Read more about it here and find out how by the mid 1800’s elves had made a place in our Christmas traditions  http://www.theholidayspot.com/christmas/history/elves.htm

To keep our elf studies in the proper perspective – http://www.christianity.com/christian-life/christmas/how-you-can-have-genuine-joy-and-hope-this-christmas.html

Leadership lessons from one of our favorite Christmas movies, Elf  https://dculberh.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/five-leadership-lessons-from-elf/

Several Elf Documentary (?) Videos –   http://www.santatelevision.com/?s=elves

Listen to The Elves and the Shoemaker  http://www.storynory.com/2007/12/16/the-elves-and-the-shoemaker/

Christmas Elf Jokes, Mischief, and Ideas –  http://www.elfcrazy.com/christmas-elf-jokes-for-kids/

My friend, Fran, has some fun elf ideas  – http://www.franw.com/2011/12/santas-elves.html

Elf Pal Academy offers themed activities that can be fun and educational  (several resources here for my younger boys)  http://www.northpole.com/Academy/

“Elf on the Shelf”? No, but We’re enjoying looking at social media photos of the creative things parents are doing.  However, as we wrap up (pun intended) our Christmas studies, we used a few of these suggestions for “Kindness Elf” activities.  http://www.theeducatorsspinonit.com/2013/12/kindness-elves-free-printables-for-busy.html

With all of the added activities, caroling, parties, crafts, baking, shopping, and decorating of the season, we have certainly been as busy as elves!

Elves ended up being an unexpected but appropriate, interesting, and fun study to close out our homeschooling semester.

Merry Learning!

betty jo

 

 

 

 

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