Duncan Royale at Frederick Community College

Display CaseSure enough, just when I “need a little Christmas” I find it at Frederick Community College while I’m searching for a lab in the library. In the main hallway on the first floor, there are two showcases of Duncan Royale Santa figurines gifted to the college by the family of Donald B. Rice, Sr. 

The figure of “Black Peter” caught my eye first because of Jeremy’s explorations into the topic.  The “Sir Christmas” is my favorite.  There is little that I could find explaining the background of these collectibles, produced in throughout the 1980’s and early 90’s.  With limited production, they are now traded at increasing prices from $150+ per figurine.  This link to Christmas Treasures will give you a look at the entire collection.Sir Santa

The display included two books about the Christmas series, so I think my next step is a visit to the local library.Bad Santa

Find your Christmas Spirit on Pinterest

If you are feeling the dog days of summer, or you are in the dumps about school starting in just two weeks, now if the time to start following The Yule Log 365 on Pinterest. We’ve been collecting inspiration, and visiting the boards of ideas we’ve saved–Christmas trees, wreaths, gifts, and more–reminds us that Christmas is only months away (4+ if you are counting with us). I got some inspiration from Thrift My House for recycled sweater balls.

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I felt I could tackle these babies. No problem. My results are mediocre compared to the original design, but I’m pleased to say that I used what I had on hand.  On Saturday, I made a trip to the thrift store for a white sweater, but Shirley spotted a two-dollar white scarf instead (and paid for it so, in essence, it was free).  Ready to try again!

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