I'm curious about a scientific issue. In "The Night Before Christmas" Clement Moore saysHe had a broad face, and a little round belly That shook when he laugh'd, like a bowl full of jelly. He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf And I laugh'd when I saw him in spite of myselfBut when I'm at the mall asking Santa's helper for a new mac pro, he's not a little person. We know that elves are small. That's why having Will Ferrell as an oversized elf made the movie "Elf" funny. So I'd like to know whether Clement Moore meant that Santa is a real elf (in which case Santa's helpers at the mall are too big), or if Moore was using the word "elf" in some figurative way I'm not aware of.