Sometime in the 1970s I was out shopping and chanced upon a store selling chalkware Belsnickels. I ended up buying only one (wish I could go back to that store now!) and have cherished him ever since. Somewhere along the way he became misplaced and I have missed him for the last several Christmases...I just couldn't find him anywhere. Happily, I was able to rescue him a couple of days ago when I finally found him in a box set way back behind all of the other Christmas boxes...no wonder the poor guy was lost! He now has a special place by one of my favorite little gameboards and definitely won't be going back in that box anytime soon!
Besides my special Belsnickel, I also have several old plastic Santas that I have managed to collect throughout the years. They remind me of my childhood Christmases and that is why I am drawn to them. It's hard not to have a jolly Christmas with these guys around!
I added a few Christmas pinkeeps to my Etsy Shop today including this wonderful design by Country Rustic Primitives. The Santa and sled belonged to my Grandmother so it is the most special Santa of all.