Okay, so that sentiment is not exactly in keeping with the spirit of the season. But, as Mr. Monk would say, "here's what happened . . ."
In the late '80s I purchased a set of eight brass Santas - as seen above. (You remember those brass-crazed years, with the brass switchplate covers, faucets, etc.?) My plan was to use these to decorate Christmas packages - think how pretty that could have been, red or green foil with a shiny Santa on top! From the photos, you can guess how this turned out - I decided to keep them instead and they've been decorating my trees ever since.
Each year when I unpack them, I remember my original plan. But, then I think how cheery they've been nestled amongst the other ornaments and I'm glad I kept them; after all, eight Santas must be better than one! Mr. Pickle, however, disagrees and looks at me askance as I hang each Santa. And if your tree doesn't have a pickle, you really should get one - the (possibly dubious!) tradition is that you hide it on the tree and the first child to spot it on Christmas morning gets a special gift. Our pickle is slightly scary so perhaps his special gift will be a lump of coal!
On a slightly less selfish note, this little snowman baker was part of a set spotted at Williams-Sonoma a few years ago. I was shopping with a friend and both of us wanted these - but there was only one set. So, we purchased it and each took two - then the next year she found another set in a post-holiday sale (!) and we divided that set as well. Now we each have all four and a fun reminder of our friendship. Plus, this little snowman gives a clue as to what I'll be doing later this week - more holiday baking!
Hope you have a great week!