THERE ARE MANY LEGENDS CONNECTED TO THE MYTHICAL FIGURE OF SANTA CLAUS. IN FACT, IT LOOKS LIKE THE STORY TAKES DIFFERENT TURNS DEPENDING ON THE CULTURE IT IS ADAPTED TO. WE PREFER THE AMERICAN VERSION, SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THIS IS THE VERSION THAT INCLUDES THE MAGICAL ELFS.
The legend tells us that Santa lives in the far north, the land of perpetual snow. There he makes his list of children throughout the world, categorizing them according to their behavior. There he also makes all the candy and toys the good boys and girls receive at Christmas. Which is all very nice, but it is the point of distribution where the story becomes a bit harder to believe. I mean, really, how can one man deliver all these gifts to everybody in one night?
No problem for the storytellers. To solve the problem of in-time delivery, especially in a time where DHL was far from everybody’s mind, they invented the elves. Of course, elves already existed. We have seen many proof of that in various fairy tales. But the Christmas elf is a whole different thing. For example, there seems to be only elves of the male gender. And, contrary what the legend makers want us to believe, they simply can’t all be small and cute. Today we expect larger presents and we won’t settle for late deliveries. Which automatically means, modern day elves need to be strong, young men. Which made me wonder. Could the term Boxing Day have something to do with the physical shape of Santa’s elves more then the fact they need to carry a lot of boxes?
Today is Boxing Day and we introduce you Vincent. 22 years old and currently betw een jobs he made a perfect freelance elf for this year’s Christmas. Given the fact he already earned his stripes as personal trainer, it is safe to say, Vincent is in perfect shape to fill the job description. Apparently Gert Kist thought the same thing and was able to persuade Vincent to pose in work tenue. When he doesn’t do elf business, Vincent lives in The Hague and is looking for a job in the security sector. A Christmas elf who doesn’t only looks delicious, but also keeps you safe. What more could you wish for. –BM-
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