Friday, November 30, 2007

A Surfeit of Santas




It started quietly, as it always does, with one St. Nicholas doll, sitting on his toymaker's bench, gifts in hand. I loved his soft red vest, and his plaid knickers. His boots sported some small gold buckles.





A few years later, he was joined by an outdoorsman, with a fish in his creel and snowshoes to brave the winter storms. Again, he wore plaid trousers, tucked into his furry boots.






Next came a rugged individualist, with brown buckskin pants and a fur-trimmed, long plaid coat. I love that coat, and if I could find the equivalent of it in my size, I would buy it immediately. He carries a rocking reindeer. How cute is that?






Finally, a Santa in full sartorial splendor -- he wears wine-red velvet trousers, a green waistcoat with absurdly large gold buttons, and a heavily- flocked, ermine-lined coat and hat. He carries a beautifully decorated wreath, and a toy jester.




Yes, we have a surfeit of Santas in this house, all dressed better than me!
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OK, what the heck happened to my header? It shrunk! I can't deal with that now -- I've got to get Katie to school and send out 22 emails to the spring soccer team!

26 comments:

  1. Mary,

    I have a couple of those Santas(I think they are cousins of your Santas) that I haven't put out for a couple of years. Thanks for the reminder,
    and, oh yeah have fun with those e-mails.
    Janet

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  2. The Santas are adorable! They have such great details and I love the things they are holding:>)

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  3. I love your Santas. I collect them too.
    Nan

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  4. Your Santas are wonderful, Mary!

    Your banner looks large and lovely to me:0)

    Rhonda

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  5. Mary,

    I love all of your Santas!
    I like the small header too, even if you did not intend it!

    Annie

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  6. What beautiful Santas. Just nothing says Chrismas to me like a surfeit of Santas!! Yours are all just delightful! Thanks for letting us take a peek.
    hugs, bj

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  7. Good Morning Mary!
    Aren't Santa's so much fun? There are so many interpretations of the same jolly man! Your banner is big and beautiful to me.. :)
    That photo is gorgeous.. is it the same one as before?
    Hugs,
    Abbie

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  8. I love your Santas - all photographed so well! They are such fun - more old friends!

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  9. What beautiful Santas. You have such a wonderful collection. Michelle

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  10. Love your Santa's, they're adorable! The tree from yesterday's post (how did I miss that?!) is soooo sweet, I love it!
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

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  11. The new header pic is gorgeous despite the size issue.

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  12. I love your santas dont know if you will all see mine this year - do I pack them or not?? I have seen another one this year at he local garden centre and I thought 'do I' well I am now I will go at the weekend and get one!

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  13. Hi Mary,

    What a wonderful collection you have and your banner looks good to me - that corner cabinet is to die for! I just love the colors in your home :)

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  14. Very good your dad was born and I love your new layout of the blog. Hello Mary Good evening!

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  15. Mary,
    Your Santas are wonderful! What a great collection.
    My header was messed up this morning too and I spent all morning trying to figure it out and finally had to come up with another one! How frustrating.
    Have a good day!
    Donna

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  16. The header looks fantastic to me.

    Your Santas are adorable. I have one vintage Santa made out of papier maché. I love him, but he's certainly seen better days. This is good because I can honestly say that I am dressed better than he! LOL!

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  17. The banner looks gorgeous to me too! And the Santas are real treasures!

    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  18. I LOVE YOUR SANTAS!!

    They're beautiful, Mary. Thanks for showing all of them!

    Love,
    Julie

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  19. Love those Santas - they are my favorite of the holidays!

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  20. Last holiday I tacked Christmas lights on the ceiling perimeter of my daughters' room, they said we had to leave them up all year, they are like fairy lights for sleeping!

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  21. Your Santas are just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Your Santa's are great. I have quite a collection started by chance myself. Your decorating is coming along beautifully, love the kitchen tree.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  23. Mary,

    Love your collection of Santa's. Thanks for sharing.

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