My favorite holiday decorations are a combination of whimsical, vintage and on the edge of creepy. A little kitsch doesn’t hurt either.
Examples include these guys from Halloween (CLICK ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE):
And this adorable little girl:
Some favorite Christmas ones:
I love vintage (or reproduction vintage) postcards and ephemera. These festoon either side of our fireplace:
But this year, I think I’ve found the best. A few days ago we wandered into a new Asian grocery store in our neighborhood. Mostly what you’d expect and we were happy to have one so near. But…one section was odds and ends – dishes, cookwear, utensils, etc. On a top shelf were a few things left over from Christmas including this fellow:
So how could I resist? All the plastic, the fold-down reindeer, the directions on the box that implore you to “Please take the body of the elderly. Do not take the first, to prevent injury!” So, for $3.99 we brought him home. And only when we got him home did we realize the true magic of this Santa. Under the sleigh, there was a battery slot! He does something! I didn’t know what – I hoped that the accordion moved and maybe some music. But he went beyond my expectations. This is what he does (click to play video):
Listen to the children sing! And observe the locomotion! And the ghastly light up face! BLUE! He’s more than I could have hoped for.
You now have proof that I’m completely nuts. And I won’t blame anyone for steering clear of me in the future (at least around the holidays). But I can’t deny that he delights me in some weird and wonderful way.
Happy New Year to you all and I hope that you have your decorations put away before us!