Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Collections by Merrillee Whren

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the family get-togethers, the yummy food, and the beautiful decorations. Over the years I have collected a lot of Christmas decorations. I started a collection of international Santas when one of the local department stores starting selling a few each year. I collected them until I had one from most countries. There may be more, but I don't have more room, so, for me, the collection is complete. Here's a couple of photos of how I have them displayed this year.

I have also collected Christmas ornaments since we got married. I have a dated one from every year. Besides the dated ornaments, I collect them when we travel. Here is one of my favorite dated ornaments.
Here is one that was handmade in Russia.
Here is what I call our family tree versus the formal tree I have in the living room. The family tree is filled with these collected ornaments and ones my kids made when they were in school.

The best collection I have is the nativity scenes. After I started collecting them, people started giving them to me. Finally, I had to tell them to stop because I just didn't have room to display them all. This is my favorite and one of the first in the collection. My hubby snagged in an after Christmas sale.
If you'd like to see more of my collection you can visit my Facebook author page. Here is a link.

Do you have any favorite Christmas collections?

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Merrillee Whren is an award-winning author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of thirty plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. When she’s not writing or working for her husband’s recruiting firm, she spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels. Please visit her Web site at or connect with her on Facebook at

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  1. What a wonderful collection of Santas. So colorful. I love collections of things, especially ornaments, although I don't have any myself. I'm almost afraid to start collecting anything as I'm sure I'd become obsessive about it.

  2. No formal collections, but a lot of Christmas fixations! We have a display of collectibles from "A Christmas Carol"; a small army of nutcrackers; and a flurry of snowmen, who get to stay on display through the winter since they're not Christmas-specific.

    I zoomed in for a closer look at your Santas -- a really impressive variety!