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Santas, Baby! 
Dec. 4, 2009 12:27 pm 
Updated: Dec. 13, 2009 3:34 pm
I never thought I was a collector until a few Christmases ago when I was pulling out the decorations and saw all the Santas. I realized I have wooden Santas and glass Santas, ceramic Santas and fabric Santas. I have a bobble-head Santa and a wind-up Santa, candlestick Santas and nesting doll Santas. There are various Nutcracker Santas and musical Santas. And I've recently started in on snow globe Santas.

Other people started noticing--how could they not--and then more Santas started showing up. (Once you're pegged as a collector, well, you know what happens next.) They aren't always Santas I would choose for myself, but there's always room for one more Santa--even the froggy Santa from my sisters (hey, it's family). But still...I never know if an incoming gift Santa will delight or dismay.

Why Santa? Why not, say, snowmen? Snowmen are nice. But does a snowman leave presents? That would be no. Even if you deserve a lump of coal, the snowman would sooner stick it on his own belly than drop it in your stocking. So give me Santa any day. Even that bizarre incense-burning Santa from my husband.

Are you a collector, whether you meant to be or not? I'd love to hear all about it. Thanks for the visit, and happy December to you!
Nesting Santas
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Find the froggy Santa.
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Santa and his wooden train.
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Vintage Santa snowglobe.
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Belsnickle Santa with gingerbread house and bear in the background.
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Dec. 5, 2009 2:54 pm
What a great blog, foodelicious! Do you have any belsnickles? Highly recommended for your collection! I loved seeing your pictures. I have a Christmas village I put up. It was inspired by my grandmother, who put a small one under the tree every year. Mine is a lor bigger but has the same kind of houses hers had-- little cardboard Christmas houses, most of them made in Japan. I have little elves and small belsnickles who live in the village, and of course there is a mountain and a forest, where wooden bears live. I get so much joy out of my village! Don't you just love Christmas?
Dec. 11, 2009 9:00 am
Hi CookieWeasel. Your Christmas village sounds enchanting! I love hearing about all the little details - I can just picture the scene. And yes, I do have a belsnickle Santa, but I didn't know that's what it was called until you asked. So I looked it up online and recognized one of my Santas. Thanks for the tip! I've added a photo of him in front of my gingerbread house. Thanks for the visit, and Merry Christmas to you!
Dec. 13, 2009 3:34 pm
I have several snowmen in the house. Like you, it was unintentional, but I have quite a few. My "collection" consists of a variety of realistic looking bird ornaments for the tree. I would eventually like to have the entire tree with bird ornaments, but I still have too much of a soft spot for the sentimental favorites. i.e. homemade school ornaments. The boy is now 19-1/2. P.S. Love your blogs.
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