My name is Sandy Ardoin and I am a Santa-holic.
Yes, come this time of year, my home becomes one gigantic display of St. Nicholas. Miniature. Child-sized. Round. Thin as a pencil. Red and white. Blue. Ceramic. Wood. Stuffed. Pirate. Fisherman. You name the style, I probably have a Santa Claus that fits. (Pssst…I even have a couple of signs that tell visitors I’m a Santa collector…as if they need that clarification.)
Like any addiction, it started with one purchase. Then another. And another. Soon, I was adding two or three of the jolly old men each Christmas, rubbing my hands together and laughing once I’d set them in their proper places. It’s reached the point where I don’t have room for more.
Aw, okay, there’s always room for one more.
Since I normally post about something involving Christian fiction, the probable question in your mind must be, “What is the point of this post?” I’m not sure there is one.
I could compare collecting Santas with collecting books. I could compare the different types of Santas with different book genres. I could even compare my tiny Santas to flash fiction and the big ones to epic novels.
But I won’t. I’m just describing one of the things I enjoy about the Christmas season—unpacking and arranging my collection. Sometimes I forget about one or two of them. When I unwrap the protective paper, it’s like opening a present. Hmm…maybe I could compare that to opening the cover of a book I’m not sure I want to read and finding a beautiful story inside.
So…what is your most unusual/beloved ornament or Christmas decoration? Do you have a Christmas collection or favorite tradition?