Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Smoke It Encircled His Head Like A Wreath

Here's a little Santa I found at Goodwill for $2. It was still in the box and had never been used, but I recognized what it was right away. And these kind of things amuse me so I snatched it up. I guess we sort of collect Santas (who doesn't?) so he stands next to a few others on the Library mantle.

But what makes him special is that he can smoke a pipe! You take a little incense cone, light it and stick it under his robe (sorry Santa) and the smoke comes out his mouth. Isn't it just too cute?

We are going to my family's Christmas gathering tomorrow. I need to get busy since I'm bringing pies and chutney for the ham. So today we will be grocery shopping, cooking, and smoking our pipes here Amongst The Oaks.


Pieceful Afternoon said...

That is just charming. I've often gotten my Santas at thrift stores - I am amazed at what people will discard.

Enjoy shopping and smoking your pipes. :-)

dana said...

That Santa is a hoot! I do not believe I have ever seen a Puffing Claus!
The heart gifts you made are so sweet--I believe one of the first times I ever read your blog, you were demonstrating how to make a Lavender Wand! Did you use some lavender that you raised to place inside the hearts?
It is 11 degrees here in our part of MO tonight---bet you guys are warmer in your part of the USA!
Happy Holidays to you! Dana

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

Too cute!

tam said...

What a cool Santa! Very fun find!

Pippajo said...

Oh what a find! I decided a few years ago I wanted an incense smoker but have yet to find just the right one. Of course, Santa is just perfect, but I do not seem to have the kind of thrift stores around here that you have!

Maybe I just need to haunt all them regularly! I think I shall make that my New Year's Resolution!

Bryan said...

Hello there. I am looking for more information on this incense Santa. My mother had it when I was a child, and we've recently been looking to acquire one. Your blog post is the ONLY place on the INTERNET that I've seen this Santa!!! Do you have the brand name or any additional information on it?

Thank you so much. If you do, please email me at

Thanks again!