This is a page of Christmas Elf coloring pages. An elf, or elves if there is a bunch of them, is a supernatural creature who arose from Germanic mythology and folklore. Since pretty much all western historical folk tales arose from Germanic mythology, elves sit squarely in the center of Western culture.
There are all sorts of ancient references to elves. Theya re predominantly in Old English and Norse mythology. There is a lot of evidence for elves in the old literature, with references to elves sprinkled throughout old medical books, prayers, ballads, and folktales.
Elves have always been understood to be not just Christmas elves. Basically, elves could and did live anywhere, and it is only modern interpretation that confines them to the North Pole with Santa Claus. In fact, it was Americans who really defined elves as being little more than Santa's little helpers. The famous 1823 poem 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' (widely known as '’Twas the Night before Christmas') by Samuel Clement Moore, described St Nicholas (Santa) himself as 'a right jolly old elf' (line 45). However, everybody afterwards defined the world 'elf' to refer just to the little guys, and not including Santa Claus.
In the English-speaking countries that enjoyed the poem, therefore, meaning the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, 'elves' became synonymous with making gifts for children up at Santa's place. A more modern interpretation is that the little guys include green-clad elves with pointy ears, long noses, and pointy hats, with goofy grins and sly expressions part of the package.
Naturally, the elves make the toys in a workshop located up at the North Pole. These elves actually are very similar to the folklore elves, being nimble and delicate. These are very much like the versions of the elves in English folktakes in the Victorian period from which the Christmas elves derived. Elves are one of the favorite parts of Christmas for children, and the role of elves as Santa's helpers remains popular. The Christmas movie 'Elf ' proved that the allure of the elf remains indelibly impressed on the holiday.