Anonymous elf spreading Christmas cheer

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An anonymous elf has been dropping off gift baskets at random houses in Airdrie in an attempt to spread Christmas cheer.

The baskets come with a note that reads, ‘You’ve Been Elf-ed,’ along with instructions on how to “Elf” someone else.

A woman, who wished to remain anonymous, moved to Airdrie with her family two years ago and started the initiative in Williamstown last Christmas. She said she got the idea from her mother, who was Elf-ed in another community a few years ago.

“She was basically preparing supper one night and heard the doorbell go off and she went to go check and see who it was and there was nobody there but there was this basket left on her front step,” she said.

“I thought it would be a great way to start a sense of community. I grew up in a small town and I’ve always kind of had that small-town mentality. It was kind of one of the things that attracted us to Airdrie in the first place.”

She said as soon as the calendar turned to December, she started making baskets and dropping them off at random houses.

Basket contents vary but usually include treats picked out by the mystery elf’s three-year-old daughter, like Skittles, M& M’s and Turtles.

The anonymous elf said she also likes to include a special something for adults of the household, like Baileys.

The baskets she puts together are usually valued at $30, but those who carry on the tradition can fill the basket with whatever they can afford, she said.

“I try not to get too extravagant because, let’s face it, lots of people get overwhelmed at this time of the year,” she said.

Those who receive baskets are instructed to place a sign that reads, ‘We’ve Been Elf-ed,’ on their doors and pay it forward.

The anonymous elf said she already plans to continue the tradition next year and encourages people to keep it anonymous to add to the fun and mystery of it.

“I never really had a positive Christmas growing up so I try really hard now that my daughter is around to make sure she doesn’t have the same experience that I did,” she said. “This is just one thing that I do to kind of help myself get into the spirit of Christmas.”

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