Friday, December 12, 2008

Show and Tell

Today I'd like to show you some special family pieces. The first is my Santa. Santa is about 5 feet tall and has a red (fake) velvet suit. His hair and beard are made out of spun fiberglass. He has been in our family since he was won in a 50 cent raffle when I was a teen, over 40 years ago.I can barely put my arms around him. Inside he has a cardboard frame and his arms are stuffed so they can be moved up and down.

Santa has had a few bad incidents in his 40 + years. He has traveled several miles, stood in a beauty shop window, been chewed on by mice and been in a house fire. The first thing one friend asked after my fire was if Santa was alright! I think he looks more realistic with his beard smoky gray. Every year I say it's time to get rid of him but I just can't do it. He stands on my 2nd story deck and watches my customers as they come and go. Many of them look forward to his appearance every year. The kids in the family can see him thru the kitchen window. In reality I know that I will never be the one to get rid of him.


This wooden bowl is a family item that I was given as oldest Grandaughter. It is always on my kitchen counter. It is filled with the red plastic Christmas cookie cutters I used as a child.

The holly leaves and the present are 2 of my favorites.

I still have the whole set but not the box. I also love the Santa face and the snowman. I love being surrounded by happy memories all through the year but especially at Christmas.

For more Show and Tell posts go over to Kelli's House.

15 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

I, for one, would be like you....never get rid of Santa. He IS an icon.

My Show n Tell is a holiday tale, come by and visit if you can find some time. Happy Weekend.

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Family heirlooms and the memories that go with them are priceless. Thanks for sharing them with us!

Darla said...

You would not dare get rid of that Santa! Too precious. Love the memory bowl. Have you checked your email?

Heather said...

cute idea with the bowl & ornaments. everything looks great! and so original!

Gattina said...

What a Santa ! that's almost an antique ! you should absolutely keep him forever !

Alice said...

I'm sure it just wouldn't be Christmas without your faithful Santa. He looks wonderful and homey! I love him!

And, totally unrelated to your post, I really like your background with all the Christmas balls. It's awesome!!!

ceekay said...

Love your cookie cutter display. I have many of the same ones. And please don't ever get rid of Santa. He is a story on his own.

Mrs. Miles said...

what a BIG santa Wowzers!

This looks like 'Christmas Salad' in the bowl - great idea.

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I wouldn't ever get rid of him! You have to keep him! Also love the bowl of Christmas Cookie cutters!

Manuela

Linda C said...

This Santa is so special. I had a smaller one that got all mildewy one year. Had to toss him unfortunately.

Thanks for sharing yours!

Linda C

Julieann said...

NOOOOOOO!!! Don't ever get rid of santa!!! I love him, he is so wonderful and has been through so much. What a wonderful Show and Tell--I really enjoyed this post.

Julieann

P.S. If by chance you do decide to get rid of him--I will send you my address:::giggle:::: :)

Grammy said...

Hi Kean, Every thing look so wonderful. Happy holidays.

playsdolls said...

Your Santa is wonderful,I would never get rid of him and I love the bowl and cookie cutters.I collect cookie cutters.

PEA said...

NEVER get rid of Santa, we'd never forgive you! lol After 40 years and what he's been through throughout those years, he deserves to stay in the family:-)

I had those exact same cookie cutters, wish I would have kept them! I love the way you display them!! xoxo

Lady Katherine said...

Your santa is wonderful, I was busy looking at your side bar. Too cute. The cookie cutter, look so cute in the wooden bowl. How sweet you got to have them from your grandma.