Christmas Tree Items 2007

Christmas Tree Items 2007

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thrifted Wood Santas

I am joining Sundays With Santa hosted by Maureen at Yuletide Greetings.

I thought I’d share a few Santas I’ve found at local thrift shops during the past couple years. I just picked out ones made of wood.
This first one is 10-inches tall, one of those elongated pencil style figure. This hand painted Santa holds a fir tree in his left hand.

Another hand painted pencil figure is this 8-inch Santa with a pointed cap

This little 2-inch figure looks like one of those Russian stacking figures, but it is just one solid piece.

Last is a small wall hanging comprising popular symbols: a Santa, a wreath with bow, and ending in a stocking.

Please visit Maureen and see what other Christmas blogs are sharing.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Clement Moore's St. Nicholas

I am joining Sundays With Santa hosted by Maureen at Yuletide Greetings. I am also linking to Deck the Hall Friday with Tammy at Tinsel & Company.

A very strong inflluence on the way Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus, is viewed in the United States is due to the poem written by Clement Moore. I would like to share one of my miniature books is an edition of The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, published by Achille St. Onge, Worcester, Massachusetts. The book is 3 1/4 inches high by 2 1/2 inches wide. It has a printed dust cover illustrated by Tasha. The pages were printed in Holland and then bound in leather in France.
I took lots of photos of the little book but could not get clear images to share with you. However, Tasha Tudor’s illustrations are charming and evoke the delights of this beloved poem.
To learn all about Tasha Tudor, please go to the family web site. There you will also be invited to "visit the Tasha Tudor Memorial Website to post your memories of this extraordinary woman and how she touched the lives of so many people."

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Santas Around the World Figurines

Well, it’s time for another installment of Sundays With Santa hosted by Maureen at Yuletide Greetings.
There are a variety of Santas Around the World Series. These vintage style Santa figurines depict the gift-giver as originating from various countries. The figures are about 5 inches tall. Each has a year date and the country name. Depending on the set you get, there may be 8, 12 or even more countries represented.

Here is the one from Brazil:
1904 BRAZIL SANTA – wearing a red suit trimmed in white fur, with toy-filled bag over shoulder, holding lantern and toy soldier, with sleeping girl in front of him.

Here is the one from Austria
1904 AUSTRIA SANTA wearing black jacket, hat & boots carrying a Christmas tree with a teddy bear at his feet.

Next is a grouping of five more Santas in my collection. From Left to Right:
#1 1893 HOLLAND SANTA - wearing red suit & hat, bag over his shoulder with toys peaking out. Horn is draped over his shoulder.
#2 1943 USA SANTA - red pants black boots green shirt w/ apron. Has toy soldier & drum at his feet holding vehicle in his hands. Bald head.
#3 1898 GREECE SANTA - wearing green robe w/ red trim & red hat carrying a lamb in right arm & flowers in his left.
#4 1900 BELGIUM SANTA - wearing red coat with tree draped over shoulder holding bells in front of him with teddy bear at feet.
#5 1923 MEXICO SANTA - light brown robe w/ red hat carrying basket in right hand with toys & candy canes in basket.

My France and Switzerland figurines got broken, so I just have for 7 countries currently. My Brasil Santa comes in a box that lists Poland, Canada England, Yugoslavia, Germany, Spain, Sweden, besides the ones above. Do you have any of these Around the World Santas? Do they represent other countries than shown here?