Tinsel

Should we use old tinsel or new tinsel? Shall we call it tinsel, lametta, rain, or icicles? Should we use just a little or lots and lots of it? Shall I place it on the tree one strand at a time or…

The Delicious Origins of the Candy Cane

Candy canes are now as much a part of Christmas as evergreen trees, ornaments, and presents piled under the tree; but no one really knows their entire history.  We do know that they originated in Germany about 300 years ago.  You might…

Santa Pin-Back Buttons – Wearable Christmas Decorations VIDEO

In this video, Jim Thomas discusses the origins and history of Santa Pin-Back Buttons beginning in the 1910–1920s with the Red Cross/NTA Buttons and touches on each decade thereafter.  He discusses sizes, makers, promotions, themes, and categories, add-ons, and more.  Jim has…

Santa Claus Postcards – Colorful Records of Yuletide Past VIDEO

In this video, Jim Thomas introduces the art of collecting Santa Claus Postcards.  He breaks the collectible categories down by Subject/Topics, Artist/Dates, and Series/Variations, as well as postcard types including Embossed, Mechanical, Add-Ons, Fade-A-Ways, Silks, Non-Color, Real Photos, Hold-to-Light, Transparencies, and touches…

“Christmas Movies and Music” – Minnesota October Event

  On the second weekend in October 2019, the Minnesota contingent of Glow members and neighboring friends gathered at the Eagan Community Center for the 32nd annual Minnesota October Event (MOE). Sixty-three enthusiasts, including folks from six additional states, came to celebrate…