According to legend, the familiar figure of Santa Claus may have been inspired by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. Some historians suggest that the political cartoonist, Thomas Nast, designed the first Santa “by taking a popular Central European saint, vaguely remembered from his German childhood … coming down the chimney and trembling with joy …” President Lincoln apparently commissioned Thomas No need to create a Christmas figure to enhance the morale of Union troops during a particularly rough December. A more popular version suggests that the distinctive jolly Santa emerged from a Coca Cola advertisement in 1931.
Whichever version of the story is correct, Lynn Haney has been making Santa collectibles in her studio in Lubbock, Texas since 1987. These beautifully designed Santa Claus reflect the many faces of Christmas. Each Santa tells a unique story or inspires a winter theme that resonates with collectors of all ages. Each year, Lynn introduces several new Santas that capture great Christmas traditions or games on a winter or color theme. Last year, for example, he featured Santa with a pickle. This charming 18 “Santa Claus captures a popular German tradition of hiding a pickle in the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. Early the next morning, as the adults drink hot chocolate, or perhaps something stronger, the children will comb the tree to find the pickle before they can open their presents.
Most of Lynn’s Santas are 18 “tall and generally priced from $ 330 to $ 360, depending on the level of detail and design. While limited edition and larger Santas are also produced each year, the Santa 18 “Noel has proven to be the most popular among Lynn’s ardent collectors. Leading stores in the United States, like Neiman Marcus, sell Lynn Haney Santas, but there are many smaller boutiques and specialty stores that hand-select Lynn’s new offerings each year to select Santa’s that resonate with their customers.
Collecting Haney Santa’s is habit-forming. The craftsmanship is excellent and once you have been seduced by its beauty, you simply need to buy one for each member of the family. In fact, most ardent collectors continue to purchase the “latest” Lynn Haney Santa as a gift for their children.
While more serious collectors tend to shop exclusively at boutiques that know their customers’ preferences well, the internet has also proven to be a useful resource for finding limited editions and some of Lynn’s previous work. Unfortunately, many websites promote Lynn Haney Santas, but very few do. Buyers are encouraged to call before making an online purchase and to work only with trusted resources. Add to your holiday traditions by purchasing a Lynn Haney Santa. Your Santa is a vacation guest who doesn’t survive your welcome.