December 17th 2011 1:59 pm
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Living in Lapland
At one stage it was thought that the elves live in Father Christmas‘ (Santa’s) village in North Pole. However, in 1925 it was discovered that there are no reindeer in the North Pole but there are lots in Lapland, Finland. Nobody has actually seen their village because the passage to it is a secret that is known only to Father Christmas and the elves. We know that it is somewhere on the Korvatunturi mountain in the Savukoski county of Lapland, Finland, which is on the Finnish-Russian border.
On January 6 the elves light up their torches and come down from their secret village in the mountain to play in a secret field to celebrate the last day of Christmas.
The names of the elves
The elves are the children of Gryla and Leppaludi, their father and mother. Some people say that there are 13 elves, some say 9, some 6. They are very clever and help Father Christmas to design the toys that children and grownups order by post, email or textingl. We know at least 6 of the duties they have, including looking after the reindeer. Here it is with their Westernised names:
Bushy Evergreen is the inventor of the magic toymaking machine.
Shinny Upatree is Father Christmas’s (Santa’s) oldest friend and cofounder of the secret village in Lapland.
Wunorse Openslae designed Father Christmas’s sleigh and maintains it for top performance. (It is believed that the reindeer reach speeds faster than Christmas tree lights.) He also cares for the reindeer.
Pepper Minstix is the guardian of the secret of the location of Father Christmas’s village.
Sugarplum Mary is Head of the Sweat Treats, and assistant to Father Christmas’s wife, Mrs Claus, also known as Mary Christmas.
Alabaster Snowball is very important. He is the Administrator of the Naughty & Nice list.
Now we need a vote...would you like us to give you a traditional Elf name or would you like to come up with your own? Even if you come up with your own names we can still give you a duty at Zachy Paws Land. To make up your own name this link has helped us a lot...
Generated Elf Names
Remember this name will be on your Elf Certificate! So pick wisely.
I's "Snappy Floppy Feet". MOL
I is "Goofy Sugar Socks". Well, I does has white feets. hmmmm
Oh! I like those names! We will add your real name in with the Elf name for your certificate. So it will read..
Snappy Floppy Ingen Feet
And Goofy Novi Sugar Socks
Help Zoe! I used that elf name generator and my name is Bijou Monkey Buns! How embarrassing! I'll have to think of another name. What kind of a name is Bijou anyway? Sounds like a French Elf!
My elf name is Chipper Mistletoe! Maybe I'm the elf in charge of kissing or arranged marriages!
Oh that is so crazy! What a name! We could give you a traditional name.
You could be Sammy Pepper Ministix guardian of the secret Santa village. Would you like that?
My elf name is Nipper Sugar Socks! MOL
ANYTHING is better than Bijou Monkey Buns! What kind of a name is that anyways???
It sounds like it should be Natasha name instead of yours.
Here's what it means..
1: a small dainty usually ornamental piece of delicate workmanship : jewel
2: something delicate, elegant, or highly prized
— bijou adjective
Origin of BIJOU
French, from Breton bizou ring, from biz finger
First Known Use: 1668
Tigger you must be kin somehow to Novi.
Skylar, find me someone to kiss under the Mistletoe. You know I'm single.
I love your name btw.
Hmmmmm, let me think about that. I have several handsome and charming friends, some of which, may be single! I'll get back to you!
Apparently I should be Happy Sugar-Socks!! And Mayflower should be Wacky Sugar-Socks. She says the website must have got the two of us confused... we do both have white sock-paws though!
Hey am I tooo late, really it is early morning MOL. I want help with my name I think I would be good at helping with the reindeer so what kinda name should I have ummmmmmmmmm? (frowns thinking hard)
Hmm, I think a good elf name s Jingle Bells Jez.
Little boy, we can give you the traditional name for the reindeer and sleigh keeper. How about Little Boy Openslea? Or do you want a name that screams reindeer keeper? Hum.......Little Boy Muck MOL get it mucking the stalls. Big MOL Okay seriously...Little Boy Deer Whisperer? Which one do you like?
Mikey, do you want to switch your names around or keep laughing about how the mixed up your names? Remember, this name will be on your Elf certificate.
We like ironic things around here but we aren't normal cats by no means. Glad to see you btw. I hope you enjoy playing with our little circle and decide to become a regular. We got some crazy and nutty friends!
Jez, I adore your name. Now your parents will be able to hear where your pooping outside of the box at. MOL! Sorry had too. I guess Zach is rubbing off on me.
We knead sum time on this one......
Okay, my name is Tootsie Twinkle Toes..... and I made the Nice List with 534 nice and 79 naughty entries..... (guess he missed the other 10 naughties) MOL
Hi Zoe, I also tried that Elf name generator a couple times. The first name I got was Peppermintz and then I got Wacky Smicklefigus! Neither of those seem right for me 'specially the second one. Hmmmm, any ideas?
Sparkly Tinsel Toes. I like it! But I don't know if you would.
Hey, I've actually been being good lately and going IN the box. Weird, I know!
I'm not but Mom bought some new litter with a cat attract in it. How do i tell her i just don't like using the bathroom behind the boys.
Zoe you are too funny Little boy muck that is good for him but it is me that want to be and elf helper MOL I think I might call him littleboy mucker.
I will be Tiny deer whisper. What do ya think I know that wasn't a real name but isn't it just kinda cute for me?
Mayflower says she REFUSES to be called Wacky! Can she be Holly Sugar-Socks instead, is that elf-y Christmas-y enough? I'll stay with Happy because I am Happy as well as Wacky!!
Oh no! Tiny I'm sorry I got you too mixed up. Blame Mom, she's the one that sleep deprived. MOL
Mickey I thank Holly Sugar-Socks is perfect for your sister! And Happy is great for you too. Lord knows I know all about little happy/wacky kittens. We still haven't given Gris a name yet but it will go along the same lines as yours.
How about Tinsel Toes Tortie? Hmmm, still thinking. But Gump thought of a name. He'll have to let Zach know that one.
Ohhhhhh! Nadia I like that! We've got your page open on another tab and Zach seems to like your purring.
That's cool that you had my page open in another tab!
~ Tinsel Toes Tortie...?
We like your whole playlist. Jack Johnson is a favorite around here.
Still struggling with the name huh. How about something to do with dancing. Like Tortie Tippy Toes. It's up to you. It could be Tortie Nippy Toes MOL!
I like Tinsel Toes Tortie, but I'm not putting that on my page as my name. Sorry. MOL.
Yay, you like my playlist. Jack Johnson is pawsome.
Oh I'm not putting my name on my page either! Mine was Peppy Twinkle Toes.
Zach never even got one! Or Gris just me.
Mom will start working on the certificates tomorrow. Geez there's so much to do! She's got pictures galore to edit and post too. Plus three more diaries! Mom...no sleep for you!