Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Another July Christmas Post
My Mother's parents both immigrated from Sweden. My Father's parents were German and English so I grew up with a diversity of Christian Christmas celebrations and decor. One of my favorite things was a (non-ethical!!) Smoking Santa. Over the years, I am not sure what happened to the Santa that my Gammie had, but I never forgot the thrill of bringing out all of the old fashioned decorations that she had. For those who are unfamiliar with it; the Santa comes apart in the center and there is a plate where you put a lit incense cone. You then put the top back on the Santa and as the incense rises, it comes out of his mouth - as if it is smoke from his pipe. I recently found this one at Tuesday Mornings. Imported from Germany, they can be quite pricey. This was about $25.00. Rarely you can find them with a smoking cup of hot chocolate (instead of tobacco), but I have not seen one of those in years and certainly not for what I wanted to pay!