Far Side/Far Guy and the Creepy Santa
Near the top of our Christmas tree this year sits a hand carved wooden cardinal courtesy of Far Side and Far Guy over at Far Side of Fifty blog. They make hand carved ornaments every year and this year (perhaps others too) gave away a few of them based on some Christmas memories of their readers. I wrote in about my Christmas memories of cutting down a red cedar tree and how I always associate the smell of cedar with Christmas and won one of their ornaments. Thank you! I am honored!
Below is a picture of a creepy Santa, or at least that is what we call it. According to family lore, it was given to my mom by her grandma, my great grandmother, and has always been present at our family Christmas seasons, usually standing in a small wooden rocking chair that also was a gift to my mom when she was a toddler. After mom died, I'm not sure what became of the rocking chair but I ended up with the Santa Claus. I'm not sure why it seems creepy as it has a pleasant enough face. Perhaps because it is around 2 feet tall makes it just big enough to have some sort of presence when seen out of the corner of one's eye.
I looked it over for a maker's mark of some sort but didn't find a single thing. I threw it into Google Picture search and can find lots of others but didn't find a manufacturer. Many sites identify it as a 50's vintage Santa and at least one site gave a couple company names that might have made it (followed with a ?) but I couldn't prove it myself and it didn't look quite like the pictures from those manufacturers. Unlike the Santa belonging to Margaret, mine doesn't hold a lighted candle or move. In fact, the boots are cocked such that it can't even stand up or support itself and must be leaned into a corner. It is apparently all for show.
I didn't inherit the Santa until after Christmas last year so this is the first year that the Santa has been displayed in nearly six years. But I have a feeling it will become a fixture in our house for the foreseeable future, creepy or not.