Advent Day 1: Elf on the Shelf

On Christmas Eve 2019 we took a stroll to the nearby area of Scotstoun to view its Living Advent Calendar. Each evening in December, one more window had been illuminated. On the 24th, we got to see them all.

Number 1 declares “I’m back” – can you spot the Elf on the Shelf bottom right, just waiting to get up to mischief?

34 thoughts on “Advent Day 1: Elf on the Shelf

  1. Heyjude December 11, 2020 / 19:51

    Some of these windows are amazing (I’m coming back to the beginning as I wondered if you’d written something about the idea). Are they created by the owners if these fabulous houses or are the designs made elsewhere and given to the householder? You may have explained this last year.

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    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter December 11, 2020 / 21:10

      Each householder creates their own window by arrangement with a coordinating group. It’s happening again this year – I’m following it on Facebook, and we might make it down there before the end to see the 2020 windows.

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  2. ThingsHelenLoves December 10, 2020 / 14:11

    Oh the Elf. I love seeing what the Elf gets up to in other places but I have to say I’m glad my youngest has outgrown the idea this year. It’s all fun and games on day one but by about day eight you wonder why you started!

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      • Heyjude December 11, 2020 / 19:53

        What is elf on the shelf? Not heard of that.

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        • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter December 11, 2020 / 21:13

          I think parents buy it to check, on behalf of Santa, if their children are being naughty or nice. Until you asked, and I looked it up, I didn’t realise it originated in a book – quite recent, 2005, which explains why those of us of a certain age group might not have known about it!

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  3. TheRamblingWombat December 10, 2020 / 02:26

    Anabel, I have enjoyed your advent posts to date albeit in reverse order….I will enjoy the remainder in the correct order!

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  4. Ann Coleman December 3, 2020 / 02:07

    I did see the elf! And I have to admit I’m kind of glad that the “elf on the shelf” tradition wasn’t around when my kids were little. It sounds like fun, but also a lot of work. A friend of mine said if the elf had been around when her daughter was young, she would have had him have an accident on December 1, and be in a coma until December 24, when he would have awakened to see the Christmas tree……..

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    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter December 3, 2020 / 07:47

      That sounds like a good approach! I had only heard of it in an American context until I saw this window. Not having any small children in the family it has probably passed me by.

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