The Santa mugs wish to thank you for your love and support, and, in return, promise to put in a good word for you with their namesake. They'd also like to introduce you to some of their friends.
Meet a small collection of items that spell out the word NOEL.
The angels, chippy but lovable, came in the original box, which is just as sweet as they are.
Little pajama-clad people - check out the slippers! - that represent an actual Christmas miracle. I used to be much better about selling rather than collecting, and so I displayed a set of NOEL candle holders one season and sold them the next. It couldn't have been more than a day after I shipped them out when my son, who might have been 10 or 12 at the time, asked where I was going to put the NOEL people. I swear it was the first Christmas decoration he'd ever mentioned. Consumed by maternal guilt, I made up my mind to buy the next set I saw, regardless of cost. The next day I found these at the thrift store. Christmas was saved.
I'm not ready to declare the thrift store Christmas drought over, but things were a little better Wednesday. This game (from 1962, by Whitman) is just fun.
It's a variation on "Hi, Ho, Cheerio," if you've ever had the joy of playing that game over and over and over again with a 4-year-old. I also bought the pitiful tin at the right for 99 cents...
because it was chockablock full of glass bead garland - nine full strands in all sorts of colors and sizes!
I think I must be procrastinating today because I had an inexplicable urge to take a group picture of the NOEL gang.