‘It’s phenomenal how inventive people are’ – Abington Pigotts villagers unveil Living Advent Calendar windows
PUBLISHED: 16:42 27 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:17 29 December 2016
After the final window was unveiled in the Abington Pigotts Living Advent Calendar project, the organiser said this year’s effort has been ‘phenomenal’.
It was Sarah Duckett’s first year organising the event, she also kept a blog for villagers who couldn’t make it along for the big reveals – where people went along to a different building every night to see how a window had been given a festive makeover.
“It has gone brilliantly this year,” Sarah said.
“It is phenomenal how much effort everyone puts into their own window, and hosting the unveiling. it is amazing how everyone can invent something so different each night. It brings everyone out on a dark, cold evening and cheers everyone.”
Eleanor Sclater, who has lived in the village on and off for most of her life, said: “Its a wonderful, social mini-event that brings newcomers and old timers together at a very busy and dark time of the year. Its not competitive just fun.”
Maureen Wainwright said: “We’re a very social village and the windows give us a lovely reason to meet up and get in the Christmas spirit.
“Our own unveiling was on a horrible rainy night, and we were amazed so many people braved the cold and rain to come along.
Abington Pigotts Living Advent Calendar 2016
December 1 window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
The winter display for December 2. Picture: Alex Pinzon
The music-themed offering for December 3. Picture: Alex Pinzon
Abington Pigotts Village Hall was the setting for the December 4 window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 5's display. Picture: Alex Pinzon
The festive window for December 6. Picture: Alex Pinzon
The window unveiled on December 7. Picture: Alex Pinzon
People gathered for December 8's window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 8 window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
Nativity scene for December 9. Picture: Alex Pinzon
Window 10: No Pun-in-10-ded. Picture: Alex Pinzon
Starry December 11. Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 12's window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
A Christmas tree window on December 13. Picture: Alex Pinzon
An underwater window for December 14. Picture: Alex Pinzon
Spectators on December 14. Picture: Alex Pinzon
A Star Wars theme for December 15. Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 16. Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 17 window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
The village church's window for December 18. Picture: Alex Pinzon
The village church. Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 19 window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
Villagers checking out number 19. Picture: Alex Pinzon
The window for December 20. Picture: Alex Pinzon
Outside the window for December 21. Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 21 window Christmas in Brambly Hedge. Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 22 Christmas Presence . Picture: Alex Pinzon
December 23 window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
Admiring the Pig and Abbot's window. Picture: Alex Pinzon
The finale was The Pig and Abbot's window for December 24. Picture: Alex Pinzon
“My family lives in Connecticut in the United States, and they love following the windows on the blog- although my mother confessed she didn’t understand most of our window which was made up of Christmas puns! I can’t say I blame her, several of the villagers are still scratching their heads!”
Canadians Geoff and Carolyn Collett have lived in the village for three years.
Our Canadian friends and family have been watching each of the windows revealed through Sarah’s online blog and are blown away with the sense of community this event has fostered in our lead up to Christmas.
“We are window number one – the Guardsmen Nutcrackers – our theme being the Changing of the Guard. We are planning to return to Canada early 2017 and will be very sad to leave this magical village that had been so warm and welcoming to us!
“We look forward to each unveiling with much anticipation as it has been wonderful to see the ingenuity, creativity and interpretation used by each family – truly remarkable!”
You can check out Sarah’s blog at abpigadvent2016.tumblr.com.