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 […]

Reflections of Christmas Past

There is a vast array of holiday antiques and vintage collectibles: from German blown-glass ornaments to papier-mâché decorations, goose-feather trees to antique Christmas lights. And while the evergreen tree has been an unchanging symbol of Christmastime, its adornments have changed over the centuries. The homemade paper cornucopias that hung on early Victorian Christmas trees gave […]

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