Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Sleigh of Santas & A Drove of Elves

Early Christmas Warning: Unlit Christmas decorations have started appearing on houses around here, except for one demented place a few blocks away that's already lighting their festive lights. No householders have inflated holiday inflatables just yet, except for the occasional turkey wearing a Pilgrim hat. The decor is much more advanced at retail locations, of course.

I'm glad to see the return of the Maximum Light Display at a house near a major intersection about a mile from where I live, even if it hasn't been switched on after dark yet. The place sports two or three dozen lighted figures, including a long row of wooden soldiers, a Nativity scene, a number of Santas plus their minion reindeer, a drove of elves, candy canes and lots of other glowing holiday oddments.

I was at a loss to think of a collective noun for elves just now, but help was no further than a Google search away, leading quickly to this vastly entertaining list by a fellow called David Malki ! The list also features the collective -- apt for the looming holidays -- "a sleigh of Santas Claus."

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