Garden gnomes have been around for over 2 centuries now. They began to appear as garden decorations in European countries in the early 1800’s. They were first introduced in Germany. People would decorate their gardens with these gnomes and they were thought to tend to the garden during the night. Garden gnomes are a source of decoration and amusement for many. Perhaps you have seen one of these whimsical clay lawn statues in your neighbor’s garden. In case you haven’t, they are difficult to miss. These pointy-hated, long-bearded bringers of good luck have been watching over homes since the early 19th century. Garden gnomes are also the source of practical jokes and mischief, as they’re routinely stolen from gardens in order to “liberate” them. In fact, those claiming to liberate garden gnomes will send them to locations all around the world.
The gnomes are photographed at tourist spots in different countries and the photographs are sent to the original owners so they can see what a good life their newly liberated garden gnomes are having. Those who put garden gnomes on their front lawns are usually aware of this type of thievery and enjoy the joke. In fact, there are some who even purchase garden gnomes purposely for this reason. There are others, however, who are not amused at having their garden gnomes liberated.