I was having a hard time figuring out what I would write for the letter E. Someone mentioned that I should write about elves, (thanks +Scotty Taylor) and I figured why not?
For some reason I automatically associated the word Elf with Santa's Elves or with the Lord of the Ring's Elf.
But that's not the origin of elves.
Elves are from Norse mythology and "originally imagined as a race of minor nature and fertility gods, who are often pictured as youthful-seeming men and women of great beauty..." (1).
I also learned there is a difference in Elves - Light Elves and Dark Elves. Light elves were gods of nature and fertility and often serves as inspiration for art. Dark elves were used to threaten humans and were once considered the origin of nightmares.
But there's something worse than the Dark Elves of ancient times.
It's the Elf on the Shelf.
I came across the weirdest blog that uses the Elf on the Shelf in murderous situations and you know what? It makes me never want to buy this Christmas Elf. Ever. There's something sinister in those wild, bright eyes.
Check out a screen shot I took (click the photo to see bigger) -