Magical life-sized elf causes stir
One of Santa’s Elves has arrived in Fernie and is fascinating the community by appearing in a different location every day.
The life-sized-elf was first seen on the morning of December 1, perching on the decommissioned chairlift that stands outside local eatery The Bridge Bistro alongside Highway 3.
Similar to the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon, since then, the elf has appeared in different locations around the community every morning including City Hall, Fernie Brewing Company, peering from the roof of the local Elementary School and paying a visit to The Fernie Academy. At the end of every day, the elf mysteriously disappears only to pop up in another location the following morning!
The elf has sparked intrigue from all ages and a wave of social media activity via The Fernie Elf’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“The Fernie Elf” appears to be on a mission from Santa to feed back to his naughty or nice list in the run up to Christmas.
Jocelyn Sombrowski, Principal of The Fernie Academy said: “We celebrate St. Nikolaus Day at The Fernie Academy. It is a German tradition that involves children leaving their shoes out on the fifth of December with a note for St. Nicholas. The hope is that when the morning of the 6th arrives the children’s shoes will be filled with candy. This year St Nicholas came but we were astonished to find an elf arrived!”
City of Fernie Mayor Mary Giuliano said: “It is a total surprise, we just don’t know where the elf came from but he is helping us all gear up for the holidays. I am keeping my eyes open every day to see where he will show up next!”
Santa Claus himself was unavailable for comment but a spokesperson from his HQ at The North Pole said; “We can’t give you the precise details of the Elf’s mission but we can tell you that he was sent to help the community gear up for Christmas following a difficult period. Of course he will be updating the naughty and nice lists in real time via his Elf-interface linked to our cloud computers. It’s too early to say for sure but it looks like the vast majority of Fernie is on the nice list.”
For more info lookout for the Elf on Instagram (@thefernieelf), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheFernieElf/) Twitter (@thefernieelf)