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Artsminded: Holidays come alive with artistic touch

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Have you thought about how essential artists are to the celebration of seasonal traditions we take for granted?

Consider the history of the Christmas elves, introduced to the world by author Louisa May Alcott in 1856. Santa Claus took on an elfin form in European lore. Rivaling the Irish Leprechaun who came into existence a couple of centuries earlier, Santa's rise to fame was nothing short of meteoric.

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