They come in all shapes and sizes and colours, and hail from England and the United States. I have collected them on our travels, always looking for clever crafty ones, not kitsch or too garish. I never did this in South Africa, but will start doing so when I return.
Tin Santa present to me from my sister - not sure if she got this in the UK or SA... hmmm
Wooden star and clay Santa and Angel from The National Trust Shop (we are members of the National Trust) Painshill Park, London
Present to us from sis in law and brother in the States (NC), which their church gave out to their members on Christmas Day. A very special baubel!
Ice skates from the United States (NC)
Snowman from New York, The United States... a teeny tiny little Christmas shop on 7th Avenue, across the road from our hotel. What do they sell the rest of the year I wonder? Same things, for the tourists, as The Christmas Shop in Stratford-upon-Avon does?
Tin animals from The Pier, England. Sadly, it looks like this retail chain is going to be the latest in the retail collapses in the UK. How very sad... they have Morroccan and Middle Easter type ornaments, linen, glassware, candles etc. where we have bought many frames, our crockery etc.
Porcelain figurines from Stratford-upon-Avon, England. This Christmas Shop is literally across the pedestrian road from Shakespeare's birthplace. What a stunning shop - I could have bought so much more... but I restrained myself!!!
Star of the tree, from The Pier, England. Crafty and different = appeals to me!
Nativity from ebay UK, rustic and something different.
Variety... all from England - Painshill Park, The Pier shop
From the The Pier shop, England
Wooden reindeer from the United States (NC), the Cracker Barrel to be exact! We had breakfast thereafter! We enjoyed the breakfast, except for the grit, which I am given to understand is an American thing. Well, as the English can keep their brussel sprouts, so can the Americans keep their grit. hehe