Elf and Safety

How Nostalgia and the Very American Story of Family Elves Have Shaped Christmas

Photo by Erin Mckenna on Unsplash

It begins always on Thanksgiving night. In Flora Johnson’s 1984 children’s book Christopher Popinkins Pops In, a bashful but secretly determined elf called Christopher brokers a deal with Santa to be allowed to visit the world of real boys and girls. His mission is to keep a watchful eye on children during…

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Allan Kilner-Johnson

Allan Kilner-Johnson

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Academic | Writer | Mindfulness | Author of Alan Hollingurst and the Vitality of Influence (Palgrave) and Masculine Identity in Modernist Literature (Palgrave).