Weekly Feature #30—Have a Holly Jolly July

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Time For The Ubiquitous  “Christmas in July” Sale

 

Victorian Santa Figurine by Midwest Importers Of Canon Falls (manufactured in Taiwan).

Don’t get me wrong. Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year. In fact, if you peek around my workroom/office area, you will see that a little bit of Christmas lives here year around, and if you look behind the curtain on the large closet across the room, you will see holiday decor literally spilling out of its depths. While some people groan at the Christmas in July phenomena, as a small business, we know that we have to start preparing well ahead of time, particularly since the big box stores will start rolling out Christmas decor while they still have Halloween on display. The whole world is in a rush these days.

Christmas in the Office/Workroom

Christmas in the Office/Workroom

Not to hurry the season, but because I recently scored a box load of Santas, and have a lot of Christmas to list over the next few weeks, I am running a sale on all items in the Christmas Time section of my shop, as well as the Christmas Craft books listed under the Old School HowTo Books section. Use the Code: 

KRISKRINGLE

@ Checkout for a 17% (For Christmas 2017)  discount through August 31st. Who says we can only have summer Christmas in July?

Let me say here, that while anyone who follows us on this website or any of our Social Media knows that we are swoony over vintage deer figurines and Christmas decor, I have to admit to a decades old love affair with Santa Claus himself. I was the kid that sort of grew up, but never stopped Believing. Not only the religious Story of Christmas, but also the many legends surrounding Saint Nicholas and his counterparts around the world— the stories of generosity and sacrifice for others— make me more than a little misty. We can love the Jolly Elf he has morphed into in our culture and still Honor the solitary figure of a man on a mule or a sleigh traveling through the wilderness to bring presents and aid to the young and the poor during the darkest days of the year.

I Love Santa in all his guises and all the forms and styles he has appeared in through the years. I have long collected Santa Claus ornaments and have petty much enough to fill a large tree with nothing else. I adore the Victorian depictions of Santa, and used those as appliques on my family’s large Christmas Stockings. My mantle and shelves overflow with Santa figurines every holiday season.  I can’t keep all the Santas (but I can keep at least one of each of those I have in multiples  😀 ) so I will be adding more Santas and lots of other Christmas goodies to those already listed over the next few weeks. Some of my favorite items from the Christmas time Section follow…

Merry Christmas in July

 

Vintage Christmas Puzzle Made in Sweden Featuring a George Hinke Print w/Santa, Reindeer and Elves

Vintage Christmas Puzzle Made in Sweden Featuring a George Hinke Print w/Santa, Reindeer and Elves~ $34.00

Unique wooden puzzle from the 1950s or 60s. A George Hinke print depicting an iconic Santa with Elves and Reindeer at the North Pole. Puzzle is marked “Made in Sweden”. This vintage puzzle is complete and in fair to good condition. There is some fading, slight peeling of paper on edges and just general wear commensurate with its age. Measure 12 inches x 8 inches and is about 1/4 inch thick. Great collectible Christmas item.


 

Annalee Santa Claus Ornament With Stockings and Gifts For All: Large 12 Inch Tall Santa Claus Ornament

Annalee Santa Claus Ornament With Stockings and Gifts For All: Large 12 Inch Tall Santa Claus Ornament ~ $18.00

This vintage stuffed Santa Claus ornament, most likely from the 1980s, is either an Annalee creation, or made to look like one. It is not marked. Bought at an Estate sale where the people were long time collectors of Annalee and had many of the cloth figurines.  This nifty Santa is in very good condition overall. He is about twelve inches tall and up to 7 inches wide. His arms are loaded with colorful loaded stockings and he has a gold hanging cord on top of his red hat. See photos for more details.


Christmas By Krebs: 4 Victorian Style Bell Shape Blown Glass Christmas Ornaments in Box

Christmas By Krebs: 4 Victorian Style Bell Shape Blown Glass Christmas Ornaments in Box~ $14.00

Shabby Chic lace, glitter and ribbon decorated blown glass bell ornaments. Made by *Christmas by Krebs*, Roswell, New Mexico. These vintage glass Christmas tree ornaments are still in the original box (box shows some wear and tear-no longer has clear plastic window). Three ornaments are a lovely opalescent blue while the fourth is a matte gold. Lovely. Each ornament measures about 3 inches from top of *Krebs Crown* to bottom. Base of the bell is about 3 inches in diameter. These ornaments are in very good condition. See photos for more details.


Santa Face Plastic Felt Christmas Tree Ornament: Mid Century Hand Painted Kris Kringle Head

Santa Face Plastic Felt Christmas Tree Ornament: Mid Century Hand Painted Kris Kringle Head~ $10.00

Rubber head Santa Claus ornament probably made in Japan or Taiwan in the 1960s. This kitschy retro St. Nick is in very good overall condition though is beard/hair is a little mussed. About 5 1/2 inches wide including beard and 7 inches to the fold in his felt hat where gold hanging string is attached. See photos for more detail.


Shabby Chippy Pink Robed Santa Figurine Made in Taiwan For Midwest Importers of Cannon Falls Inc.

 

Shabby Chippy Pink Robed Santa Figurine Made in Taiwan For Midwest Importers of Cannon Falls Inc.~ $8.00

Pretty in Pink. Victorian Santa Figurine by Midwest Importers Of Cannon Falls (manufactured in Taiwan). Santa is 5 inches tall and was made in 1970s or 80s. He is wearing a pink robe and carrying a blue sack over his shoulder.

This Santa appears to be sun-faded across back and one arm, and has what looks like a hardened glue spot on his sack and behind his left hand. He appears to have a chip on the end of his nose, as well as other irregularities. This is truly a “Shabby Chic” Santa. Fair condition.

 

 


Ceramic Christmas Tree With Planter Bowl: Vintage White Tree Holly Leaf Garland and Gold Stars

Ceramic Christmas Tree With Planter Bowl: Vintage White Tree Holly Leaf Garland and Gold Stars~ $12.00

Pretty and festive hollow ceramic Christmas tree with attached bowl or pot, perhaps to display a holiday poinsettia or other plant, or anything else your imagination can supply. It is a fairly heavy piece, textured white with green holly accents and gold berries and stars. Good vintage condition. The tree is about 8 1/2 inches tall and 4 1/2 x 3 inches at the base. Attached pot is 3 inches deep and about 3 3/4 inches in diameter. See photos for more detail.


Elfing Around

That’s all for today, but be sure to go to  our O Deer Mercantile Shop for more Christmas Time Santas and decor. Check back because I have a couple of boxes full of Christmas this and that I want to list over the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget to use the #KRISKRINGLE code to save 17% on all Christmas purchases through August!

Till next time…

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