Thursday, December 8, 2011

Santa Sideboard 2011

Santa Sideboard Metamorphosis or my Miracle on 34th Street

A new addition to our home this year brings an opportunity to spread out the annual Santa Celebration.  I posted about metamorphosizing the new Sideboard here and the 2010 Santasation here (last year they were spread out around the house.)  So, it was with great delight that as I unpacked each Santa, like greeting an old friend, I was able to put them all together on our Arts & Crafts Sideboard.

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus."
- Francis Pharcellus Church, from the most reprinted newspaper editorial

"Oh, Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind... and that's what's been changing. That's why I'm glad I'm here, maybe I can do something about it."
~Kris Kringle, Miracle on 34th Street

 This is the first Santa, given to me as a gift in 1987.  I kept the original tag for years and now can't find it or remember the maker. Love his kind blue eyes.

"Look Doris, someday you're going to find that your way of facing this realistic world just doesn't work. And when you do, don't overlook those lovely intangibles. You'll discover those are the only things that are worthwhile."
~ Fred Gailey, Miracle on 34th Street

 This Santa found his way into my heart because of his regal, Nordic look.

 This Santa spoke to my "nesting" spirit, and loving all things bird related.
 This little Santa is hand crafted and rustic.
 This is my favorite Santa, who I call Thoreau or Walden Santa.  I imagine him stomping out to Walden Pond to leave gifts in all the cabins.
 This Santa found me at Stats in 2006 at the famous after Christmas sale. Love his flowing beard, a gorgeous green outfit.

"All my life I've wondered something, and now's my chance to find out. I'm going to find the answer to a question that's puzzled the world for centuries. Does Santa Claus sleep with his whiskers outside or in?"
~Fred Gailey, The Miracle on 34th Street

 This fragile Santa with glued on straw was found while antiquing and just spoke to me of hard work and perseverance.  My favorite Christmas book, A Miracle on 34th Street (did you know it was a book before a movie?) found in a used book store (remember book stores?).
 Copyright, 1947.   It just a special book to own that lead to the classic movie humorous story of an old man who thinks he is Santa Claus.
 It's all in the eyes, the eyes of a child.
 "I believe... I believe... It's silly, but I believe."
~Susan Walker, The Miracle on 34th Street

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  1. I believe -- favorite movie -- the old one with Maureen Ohara and Natalie Wood -- none of the new ones but I didn't know it was a book. Your Santas are all amazing -- my favorite is the first one!

  2. Oh my! What lovely Santas and that side board is amazing. You've done such a wonderful job. Your post is great. Thanks for stopping by Shadymont and leaving your sweet comments. I'm your newest follower.

    Have a blessed Christmas!

  3. Hi, CJ. Thanks for commenting on my "real" table--I thought there might be others who felt the same. I love your Santa post. I have a little collection of them; in fact, my husband and I just bought one ($8 at an antique shop!) today. So nothing fancy, but he struck my fancy :). I just did a post on Christmas vignettes you might enjoy. Merry Christmas to you and yours. And yes, he IS a gem...for poinsettias and just who he is. Thanks.

  4. Love love your santa post soo soo cute...they look like you have treasured them too...thanks for sharing...I am a new follower of yours...phyllis

  5. CJ, your Santa collection is amazing! What a beautiful display on your gorgeous sideboard! It's perfect for showcasing this wonderful collection. Love!

  6. Oh my goodness, your Santa collection is so warm and inviting! Thanks for bringing this post to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  7. Love your Santa collection, CJ! Their faces are so expressive.
    I wish you would add a feed burner to your side bar. That way when you do a new post we get alerted by email. If you come over for a visit you will see it on my sidebar and you can get it from there.

  8. I see you have joined my party. Love this beautiful sideboard and the wonderful collection of Santas.


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