Celebrating Christmas With Antiques

     German immigrants first introduced Christmas trees made from artificial materials to America during the late 19th century.  The feather tree was made from goose feathers dyed green and wrapped around stiff wire to create the branches of the tree.  The branches were attached to a wooden rod and inserted into a stable base.  Feather […]

Christmas Present, Christmas Past

       Although Santa’s traditional appearance features his rosy dimpled cheeks, cherry-red nose and the trademark red Santa suit, black boots, and Santa hat, astute collectors are thrilled to find early papier-mache Belsnickles and Santa ornaments with robes of unusual colors or adorned with fur. The Belsnickle, known as Father Christmas, traveled from house to […]

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