More is known about the disciples (Apostles) of Jesus than about Santa’s elves.
The 12 Apostles are fairly well described in the books of the New Testament of the Bible. These descriptions include the nature of their recruitment and how they shared their communal tasks.
Santa’s elves were first introduced in literature by Louisa May Alcott in 1856. The Santa Claus character is much older, emerging in US folklore in the early 17th century from the historical figure St. Nicholas of Myra with attributes of various European Christmas traditions, especially from English Father Christmas and Dutch Sinterklaas. The association of Christmas presents with elves has precedents in the first half of the 19th century with the Tomte in Sweden and Nisse in Denmark, and St Nicholas himself is called an elf in A Visit from St. Nicholas (1823).
Everything I could find in my Santa’s elves searches came up with either delightful or draconian fantasy. What most of us know is that Santa’s elves are often said to make the toys in Santa’s workshop and take care of his reindeer, among other tasks. Polar Express, based on the 1985 children’s book, is one of the most creative and enchanting movies ever made and showcases the elves at their tasks.
It is these tasks that get us to the subject matter at hand, which is recruitment and delegation. Since there is significant detail about Jesus, his disciples, and their work; and nothing to hang our hat on regarding Santa and his elves, to draw a comparison about their recruitment and delegation would be futile. What we can do is focus on the recruitment and delegation of Jesus.
First, and worth noting, there can be no delegation without recruitment. Jesus was a master of recruitment and delegation. When you read those stories contemplate this particular lens and you will see his mastery in an entirely new level.
How about another Christmas movie? The Greatest Story Ever Told