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glass santa claus ornament

I usually need to troll through the Deparment 56 web site several times throughout the building-up-to-Christmas season. They've got tons of stuff I'll share with you over the next few weeks, with some really original new Santa-themed pieces.

But for now, I wanted to show you this ornament:

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I'd just love to see an entire tree of these, with a white maribou garland and a host of tiny white mini-lights and a red blown-glass Santa finial on top.

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Posted: September 19, 2005 at 9:01 AM

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setting the table

Oh, it must be getting close to the holidays - I'm already haunting Horchow's delicious Christmas department to drool over all the things I won't allow myself to buy this year.

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Their adorable silverplate (yes, it's becoming an obsession this year) salt-and-pepper shakers are actually quite affordable for my holiday budget this year - a set of four goes for $40. Plus, they're just incredibly cute. How can I resist?

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Posted: September 17, 2005 at 9:59 AM

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sterling silver santas

I recently ran across a jewelry shop, BillBarnes.com, that features a huge selection of sterling silver and silverplate ornaments and other holiday decor items. Naturally, I had to check out their Santa collection.

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The St. Nicholas Sterling Silver Christmas Ornament (pictured above) is absolutely delicious. I'd love about 6 of these for my tree. (Alas, at $70 a pop, that's not likely to happen this year at least.)

Other stunning pieces I'd love to get my hands on from BillBarnes.com: a Santa Musical Figurine, the Jingle Bell Silver Christmas Ornament (featuring a close-up of Santa's face) and the stunning Santa Icicle Silver Christmas Ornaments, of which I'd like about a dozen.

Santa? Are you listening to this wish list? :)

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Posted: September 17, 2005 at 9:46 AM

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i believe ornament

Normally, I'm not a huge fan of Lenox figurines but this too entirely cute ornament, titled "I Believe", just captured my heart quite suddenly and wouldn't let go.

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I think it's the striped cap. It's cute and cartoony without being too folksy, which isn't my personal taste. Available at Macy's.

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Posted: September 9, 2005 at 5:18 PM

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santa wine bottle cover

I'm a big fan of Bombay, spending far too much with them every year for Christmas. And this year, again, they don't disappoint...

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This Santa wine bottle cover is absolutely adorable. Wouldn't it be great to pick up a few of these and have them sitting out on the holiday table during entertaining? Of course, I'd get just as much of a giggle keeping it wrapped around a bottle in the fridge... regardless of how much flak I'd get from my friends were they to discover that I also decorate the *inside* of my fridge... ;)

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Posted: November 20, 2004 at 7:18 AM

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rudolph's santa claus plush toy

I've written before about my love for the Santa from the original claymation Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. So, when I found this, I just had to share...

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The plush toy is animated: when you press his hand, he walks and sings "Jingle Jingle Jingle". TOO cute.

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Posted: November 19, 2004 at 7:09 AM

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macy's lenox santa ornaments

I can't decide whether to despair or rejoice that Macy's doesn't ship to Canada, because I have found far too many things in their Holiday Lane that I would love to buy. Including Kate Spade dishes. But I digress.

These little darlings:

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Well, they're just adorable, aren't they? I don't think I would put them on a tree, unless I bought several sets... they'd get hidden too easily. I prefer my tree Santas a little larger, so they stand out. But they'd be a charming little group to put in a figurine display. Don't you think?

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Posted: November 19, 2004 at 7:02 AM

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lenox santa cookie jar

First: my apologies to all for being so behind in updates - family emergencies over the past month have taken up a great deal of my time. I have many things simmering in the background for this site, which you should see more of soon!

But first, a Santa to share: this Florentine & Pearl Jeweled Santa Cookie Jar is absolutely stunning...

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Most of the time, I find that Lenox's Santa collectibles are a tad too traditional for me, but this is just a lovely piece. And recently, I've become more addicted to cookie jar figurines. That may, of course, be due to the fact that my figurine display case is crammed full of Santas (pictures to come soon) but my kitchen still has room to spare... ;)

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Posted: November 19, 2004 at 6:54 AM

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santa tapestry

Also found at Horchow, this stunning Santa Tapestry. Generally, I'm not overly fond of tapestries or blankets with Santa Claus on them because I find they look a little... well, cheap. Call me a Santa snob, go ahead. But this one is lovely:

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This Santa tapestry is hand-stitched in wool on a pure cotton backing and comes with an optional hanging rod with finials. Lovely.

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Posted: October 19, 2004 at 1:25 PM

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horchow santas

Horchow, as many of you know, is one of my all-time favorite online shops. And as usual, they have a stunning collection of holiday decor, including some really beautiful decorative Santas.

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This Poinsettia Santa is one I'm deeply, deeply tempted to buy, even though I'm done my purchasing for the year. My home is festooned with poinsettias during the holidays - I have them in every room - and this would be so wonderful as a centerpiece.

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Posted: October 19, 2004 at 1:13 PM

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lovely old world artwork

Recently discovered this lovely limited edition print of an Old World Santa by James Christensen. The detail is just breathtaking.

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Also available from the same site is a 3D sculpture of the same Santa figure. Though I think I like the print even better.

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Posted: October 11, 2004 at 9:02 PM

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kids toys can be fun

I have always loved the old claymation Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964), the one where Burl Ives sings Silver and Gold. Yes, I own my own copy. Watching it on VHS isn't quite as much fun as watching it on TV when I was a kid, where all the commercials seemed geared particularly to me. But it's still fun, nevertheless.

From time to time, I see different kids' toys based on the characters, and plastic be hanged, I want them anyway. Case in point:

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Buy.com's Santa's Reindeer sleigh team looks like too much fun. The Santa really looks like the Santa from the movie. And I loved that Santa, particularly with Mrs. Claus hounding him all winter long to eat, eat! Nobody likes a skinny Santa.

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Posted: October 10, 2004 at 12:24 PM

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2004 addition: santa by bill evans

I've mentioned before how much I love Bill Evan's work, and there was no way I was going to let this year go by without picking up one of his pieces.

His creations aren't named, just numbered, so for reference I picked up #968:

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Trust me when I say my silly little photo doesn't do the piece justice. It's solid wood, hand carved and painted, and 18 inches tall. Bill custom-makes these items at the time of ordering, so you may wait a few weeks for your piece, but it's well worth the wait.

There will be more of Bill's work in my collection as the years pass. Bet on it.

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Posted: October 10, 2004 at 11:27 AM

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2004 addition: friendship santa

I usually start looking for Santas early in the year - July or August. This generally horrifies the non-Santa collector (gearing up to buy Christmas decorations in August? Um, summer? Hello?). But I find that it gives me the time to really think about what kind of additions I want to make to my collection. November is just too late - in some cases, for shipping, since I find a lot of my items online. But also just because it's too tough to choose when confronted with the barrage of new Santas every November. So I make notes in November and return in the summer once my head has cleared from the insanity that is Christmas in the commercial world. ;)

First purchase for the year was in August, and it was a G. DeBrekht Friendship Santa:

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These are really quite wonderful and unique, limited edition (2 years) and stunningly painted resin pieces. This particular Santa is also musical and plays "Jolly Old St. Nicholas". Since I didn't (yet) have a Russian-looking Santa, this was my first foray into that style.

I may have to pick up a few other Russian pieces (not necessarily DeBrekht, though I do love this piece) next year. The detail is incredible.

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Posted: October 10, 2004 at 10:53 AM

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it's all about the face

I am a picky Santa collector, and I imagine that most other collectors would agree they are as well. An otherwise stunningly made Santa can very easily be discounted because of one thing: the face.

For me, the face is 50% of the entire equation. If I hate the face, I'll never buy the jolly old elf.

One of my personal pet peeves is handcrafted clay faces. I know these are a popular item with a lot of collectors, but I find a lot of the resulting faces are scary or wrinkly or old-apple-pie-like, and it creeps me out the same way that wax figurines do.

For me, the penultimate Santa face is Haddon Sundblom's Santa. (Non-Santa fanatics know this as "the Coca Cola Santa".) And yes, I know it's traditionalist and mainstream but for better or worse, that's the Santa Claus I picture in my head.

It's one of the reasons I love Tom Browning's work. He captures the warmth and the spirit so perfectly. If I had an enormous home, I'd fill every room with his paintings.

Other Santa faces I enjoy are the ones by Dennis Brown, the faces that Fitz & Floyd use in their Santas and the longer faces of Bill Evans.

I have very few or no elf-like faces, apple pie faces, mean faces, wizard faces or grizzled faces, since to me they're all just wrong.

A critical component of the face is the beard. For cloth dolls, I don't care if the beard is fabric or of the same material (clay or ceramic) as the face, but please please please make it look like a real beard and not like Santa cut off a little girl's hair and stuck it to his face, all blond ringlets. It should look clean and not unkempt, of decent length rather than flowing to his waist (if I wanted to buy old man winter or a wizard I wouldn't buy one in a Santa suit, thank you).

As in life, we respond to the faces we're attracted to. When I walk past my Santa collection every day from November 15th to the New Year, I want to be able to smile and get a little lift from all the faces beaming back at me.

Like I said, it's all about the face.

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Posted: October 9, 2004 at 7:37 PM

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collapsible santa

Short on space? Too many Santas, not enough closets? Me too. Luckily, I ran across this adorable 72" animated Santa:

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I think it's brilliant that he just collapses down like that. Saves space, and also saves Aunt Martha from having a heart attack when she goes snooping through your closets and has a face-to-face confrontation with the jolly old elf.

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Posted: October 9, 2004 at 6:48 PM

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disco santa

You know, one day when I have a bit of time I'll write a nice long post about "right" Santas and "wrong" Santas. It's different for every collector, and everyone has their own opinions.

But for now, I'll say that there are very good reasons why I've never really liked the Possible Dreams Santas.

Because this is just so wrong.

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Posted: July 15, 2004 at 9:58 AM

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santa bobblehead dolls

You know, normally I'm not a big fan of bobblehead dolls. But these are just so darned cute that I have to make an exception.

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I may just have to buy them.

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Posted: June 5, 2004 at 9:29 AM

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stunning handmade santas

Ran across Santaworld tonight; I used to have it bookmarked ages ago but somehow lost it along the way. And she's a Canadian, to boot.

Santas © by Kati

Her Santas are without a doubt some of the most stunning fabric santas I've ever seen. Makes my credit card ache just to look at them. :)

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Posted: June 1, 2004 at 12:35 PM

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Santa in the box

Just ran across this Santa-in-a-box on eBay; it's adorable! I don't think I've ever seen a Jack-in-the-box style Santa before. Auction's only good until June 6th, though, so better step on it if you're interested.

(And as always, no, I'm not in any way connected to the seller - I just think it's cute.)

Santa-in-the-box

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Posted: May 31, 2004 at 2:01 AM

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huge Santa galleries

Recently ran across Christmas Whispers, which features the Santa carvings of Bill Evans.

He's got an incredible collection of carvings for sale, most very reasonably priced indeed. I may just have to pick up one or two (or three, or four...) before the season is out.

example of Bill Evans' work; © Bill Evans - click to see more

If you're a Santa collector, this is one site you must make time to visit.

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Posted: May 31, 2004 at 1:47 AM

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renaissance Santa

Now that I finally have the Gregorian Santa I've wanted for several years, it's time to choose a new Fitz and Floyd Santa to covet, and the decision was not hard. The Renaissance Santa figurine from their Renaissance Christmas Collection is equally lovely and makes my heart ache just to look at it.

Renaissance Santa

Sadly, this piece is not yet on sale, but I will be watching like a hawk, just in case. ;)

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Posted: May 22, 2004 at 10:15 AM

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incredible St. Nicholas doll

Also in the "I can't afford it this year but oh if I could..." category is this stunning, and I do mean stunning St. Nicholas doll from Cynthia Finnerty Designs.

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I have had this thing for St. Nicholas for the past few years. St. Nicholas dolls and figurines and prints just enchant me - the figure is so similar to Santa Claus, so iconic, but with a slightly medieval twist that just charms the heck out of me.

I wonder if I offered Cynthia a redesign of her web site, if she'd be willing to trade for that Santa. Because I must seriously have it.

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Posted: May 22, 2004 at 9:19 AM

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lovely old advertising prints

Art.com has added some lovely new Santa prints recently. In particular, they've added some stunning vintage advertising prints.

My favourites are the two below: Christmas Day - National Savings Bank and Santa Claus - Pictorial Review, respectively.

Vintage advertising prints from Art.com

Sigh. The shopping list is starting early this year!

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Posted: May 21, 2004 at 10:54 AM

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so this is why lotteries exist

I am not a rich woman (yet), so I usually have to limit myself to a couple hundred dollars' worth of Santa investments every year, at the absolute maximum. Usually that means one big piece and a few smaller pieces. Last year, I admittedly went a little crazy. But this year I'm back on budget.

Which means, sadly, that I won't be able to afford my dream piece:

Santa's Desk by Dennis Brown

More's the pity. One day.

Actually, there's a piece I'd like even better, though Dennis Brown swears he'll never do one that complex again. I'll have to see if I can find my Santa Claus Magazine from that year and scan it in.

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Posted: May 21, 2004 at 10:02 AM

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