It’s my favorite time of the year, and that means I’m decking my halls with vintage ornaments, lights and decorations. My collection grows each year, but the basic foundation was laid when I was a young boy. My Dad would take me to auctions and one day when I climbed in his pickup truck, he handed me a box of beautiful ornaments, including a blue jay, a Santa Claus, some bells, ice cream cones and other special figures. “It’s time you started collecting something,” he said, “…and I know you like Christmas.”
So collect I did—and still do. That original box has grown into a collection that hovers at around 2500 and counting. As I write this, I am looking over at the 8-foot evergreen in my living room, and I see lots of those ornaments my Dad gave me over three decades ago. I also have my Grandmother’s ornaments, including her favorite Santa Claus.