Today's mythic creature set? -Elves-
2. a diminutive person, especially a child.
3. a mischievous person, especially a child
Elves have always been the old stand by for magic creatures.Akin to fairies and leprechons, gnomes and nymphs. Heavily used in advertising and "modern myth" Snap, Krackle, Pop, Santa's helpers, the Keeblers, etc.
In my head the elves are all Tolkein's variety, braided hair, long bows, and lean grace. Can YOU see that working out well in a North Pole Workshop? Me neither. I love elvish mythology. From the lifestyle and habits, the stories, to the fictional language "elvish." And who wouldn't prefer this
(artwork on left by me. on right, credit and other goblydeegook goes to keebler and shit)