Why some Christmas ornaments become collectibles while others have almost no value after M&S or TKmaxx sold them to you? Of course, the first reason would be the age of the decoration. As for today Christmas ornament is considered a rarity if it was made before 1966; the value of the decorations produced after this year - is in personal memories. Nevertheless, I come across many collectors who would value 1970's ornaments as much as the ones made in 1940's. So there must be something else apart from the antique status.
In my lectures and talks I mention the subject of a Father Christmas. Who is behind his image? Saint Nicolas you've heard. But we know he also had a prototype back in Northen Europe Pagan cultures.
In October I am taking a day course on identifying mushrooms lead by Dr Patrick Harding who is also specialising on Christmas history. In this video he talks about the colourmatch of Santa's outfit and Amanita muscaria mushroom and the link between Pagan shamans and Flying Santa sleigh!
I cannot wait to meet him and show the old ornaments that pr...