Hello. My name is Tom and I would like to thank you for following my friend Nick's journey. I promised him that I would keep up the blog. We had a great time at the Christmas Village Gift Show in Birmingham, Alabama last week. Nick is now at home with "Steve" and says he loves his new friends. I can't tell you his exact location because "Steve" is giving him as a gift. A few of Nick's friends will be at my studio in Gadsden, Alabama and Gene and I will be putting some on the Whittler's Hollow web site soon. Here are some pictures of some of the completed figures. I thought you might enjoy some facts about Nick's other friends from around the world so I will research them and let you know what I find out. Keep in touch.
Victorian Father Christmas
This is a typical, kind Santa as depicted during the reign of Queen Victoria, 1837 to 1897, and featured on postcards of the era. Christmas was a very important event centred around children & family. Many of the customs originated in Germany,(including the Christmas tree), reflecting the heritage of the Queen's husband, Prince Albert. A Victorian Santa often carried a Christmas tree along with 'tons of toys'.