Where Elves Come From by SantaWriters Edit Engel and Alan McBrearty help Santa tell a new story this year in their book Where Elves Come From. Within the pages of this new classic, readers will see that this is no ordinary fairy tale. This children’s book is based on real-life events mixed with the magic of the unknown and centers on a family whose child is stricken with cancer. Their faith is tested, but they learn the importance of love, happiness, gratitude, and strong family bonds.
“We wrote this book as a dedication to children with cancer and to create a legend for Santa’s elves,” the authors explain. “Although intended as a bedtime storybook, it is a very educational book where each of the sixteen chapters contains a fundamental good moral to learn from, and most episodes have one of our favorite bedtime prayers to enjoy before going to sleep.”
Both Edit Engel and Alan McBrearty come from single-parent family homes with parents who always encouraged them to go after their dreams, which was instrumental in their lives. They are currently working on their second self-improvement book, which will be out by January 1, 2018 and will be titled Mini-Habits and Mini-Steps: An Incremental Guide to the Ultimate Mindset and Getting What You Want.
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We live in our special place at Korvatunturi, a mountain in Finnish Lapland where Santa Claus makes his home. We elves love porridge! Photo: Kaisa Salo. And to remind them that life can be very nice and wonderful! We work all the time! We like to work!
Creatures rooted in north European and British folklore
Elves are known to be tiny, dwarf-like creatures, either male or female, with pointed ears. They are youthful but immortal and have magical powers that can control what you see and experience.
But where does the Christmas elf tradition come from? What is the tale behind their origin? What secrets do they guard? Elves are present in Germanic, British and Scandinavian folklore in which they are often referred as light elves good or dark gnome like elves bad. They were often described as tiny, dwarf-like creatures, either male or female. In pagan times, Elves were believed to guard homes against evil. If you were good, the elves would be good to you, but if you were bad, they would play tricks on you.