Solution to Have Your Elf a Merry Little Xmas.

The elves appear in “A Visit From St. Nicholas” in the following order:

1 Gnote    11Vealu    21Nonco    31Hisba    41Lerou    51Anodu
2 Namou    12Verso    22Oncup    32Eddle    42Lumpa    52Issle
3 Opest    13Ewina    23Yalla    33Stope    43Enisa    53Thedo
4 Arplu    14Menti    24Foret    34Spack    44Selfa    54Roveo
5 Herke    15Uteda    25Nefly    35Ikero    45Winko    55Lagoo
6 Capha    16Tedan    26Lofto    36Keach    46Istof   
7 Hadju    17Ameno    27Feach    37Rawnu    47Hadno   
8 Ralon    18Cerno    28Hoofa    38Hesno    48Hespo   
9 Hacla    19Owpra    29Oofas    39Tumpo    49Okeno   
10Hemoo    20Xenon    30Otabu    40Pofap    50Notaw   

And here is where each elf can be found:

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house   
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse    Gnote, Namou
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care   
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there    Opest
The children were nestled all snug in their beds   
While visions of sugarplums danced in their heads    Arplu
And mamma in her kerchief, and I in my cap    Herke, Cap(ha)
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap—    Hadju, Ralon
  
When out on the lawn there rose such a clatter    Hacla
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter   
Away to the window I flew like a flash   
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash   
The moon, on the breast of the new fallen snow    Hemoo
Gave a lustre of mid-day to objects below    Vealu
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear   
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer   
With a little old driver, so lively and quick    Verso
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick    Ewina, Menti
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came   
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name    Uteda, Tedan, Ame(no)
  
“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!    Cerno, Owpra, Xen(on)
On! Comet, on! Cupid, on! Dunder and Blitzen—    (N)onco, Oncup
To the top of the porch, to the top of the wall!   
Now, dash away, dash away, dash away all!”    Yall(a)
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly    Foret, Nefly
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky   
So, up to the housetop the coursers they flew   
With a sleigh full of toys—and St. Nicholas too    Lofto
And then in a twinkling I heard on the roof   
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof    Feach, Hoof(a), Oof(as)
As I drew in my head, and was turning around   
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound   
  
He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot   
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot    Ot(abu)
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back    Hisba
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack    Eddle, Stope, Spack
His eyes how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!   
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry    Ikero, Keach
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow    Rawnu
And the beard on his chin was as white as the snow    Hesno
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth    Tumpo, Pofap
And the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath   
He had a broad face, and a little round belly    Lerou
That shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly   
  
He was chubby and plump—a right jolly old elf    Lumpa
And I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself    Enisa, Self(a)
A wink of his eye, and a twist of his head    Winko, Istof
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread    Hadno
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work    Hespo, Okeno, Notaw
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk   
And laying his finger aside of his nose   
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose    Anodu
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle    Issle
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle    Thedo
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight    Roveo
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”    Lagoo

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