The name Bernard is German in origin. It combines two elements, "bern" (German for bear) and "hard" which means brave or hardy. Bernard is indeed brave and hardy.
He has been chosen to be the Holiday Gnome for the year 2020. It was a very memorable year for all the gnomes, and they are ready to give thanks and celebrate their many blessings.
In 2020, a terrible illness overtook the Enchanted Garden and Nearby Forest; unlike anything seen for many generations. Most plans that the gnomes had for this year had to be laid aside, as there was so much illness. Sadly, many lives were lost. It became necessary for the gnomes to seclude themselves in their underground homes in order to prevent the illness from spreading. Bernard himself was very sick. But with lots of care and rest, he overcame the illness and is now helping to care for others.
Through it all, the gnome community was reminded of how strong and brave they are. They were also reminded just how precious life is, and not to take anything for granted.
Traditionally on the Winter Solstice, the entire gnome community gathers together in the main hall where they celebrate through the night and into the morning. This year each family will celebrate safely in their homes in order to keep everyone healthy. Despite that, it will be a memorable holiday; each family has been assigned their own traditional holiday song to perform with as much cheer as possible. Each song performed one after another so that the music will last through all of the festivities as a reminder that while they may be celebrating in separate homes, they are still celebrating together.
Bernard is honored to be the Holiday Gnome this year. Now that he is back on his feet, he will deliver a daily basket of supplies to each gnome family throughout the winter. This is a critical job, and this year it is particularly imperative that each family receive fresh food, water and supplies through the winter. Soon, the illness will pass, and the gnomes will be together again above ground. Until then, Bernard is glad to do his part to show all of his friends and family how much he cares about them.
Bernard is felted from 100% eco-friendly merino wool, and arrives with a bookmark telling his name and story. He wears a white cap, which is covered in glistening snow, and has a holly spring tucked above his ear.
From our family to yours, we wish you the merriest of holiday seasons. We may not be together, but we are not alone! Be well, and enjoy this special time with your family this holiday season.