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An Early Morning Guest at the Museum Store

Santa peers through the plate glass windows of the museum store. In the foreground are sets of shelves covered in colorful merchandise

We were getting ready to open the store when I saw some movement outside in the courtyard.  When I turned to get a better look I spotted this gentleman peering in the window.  Yes, it’s Santa Claus and he wanted to shop at the Museum Store!


We weren’t open yet, but he looked so hopeful that I couldn’t turn him away.  It’s a good thing because he knows gift giving like no other.  Since I was sure that no one would believe what I saw, I grabbed my camera phone to take pictures for proof.  I also captured the gift ideas that piqued Santa’s interest and I thought I would share them with you.



This 1000-piece Bachman-Wilson House puzzle caught Santa’s eye as he entered the store.  What better way to entertain your holiday houseguests?
They will be occupied for hours, and hours, and hours.  $25.00



Next he found these watercolor palette earrings.  These make the perfect gift for the artist on your gift giving list.



And for the budding young artist, Santa found this Studio in a Box.
With this kit your artist can try their hand at many different ways to create art.  $44.95




Santa's white-gloved hand with white fur cuff holds out a dark-stained carved wooden duck in front of a set of shelves holding serveral other wooden ducks.


These beautiful Bundy Duck Decoys are a great gift for those who love art and nature.  Inspired by decoys made by Native Americans to lure ducks closer, American pioneers copied the idea with carved wooden decoys.  Today decoys have become a treasured American folk art. $100-$250



Santa holds a brightly-patterned scarf in front of the lower part of his face

Susan Tinker’s hand-painted silk scarves are wearable pieces of art.  The one Santa is holding is inspired by Jackson Pollock and a mix of holiday color.
There are many other designs available.  $80



Santa begins to step into a small sleigh on the floor of the museum store. In front of the sleigh are eight different-colored glass dogs shaped like balloon animals, lined up like reindeer

No that’s not your ride, Santa!  Those balloon-dog banks won’t fly.
But they are a fun way for anyone to collect their change in style.  $55.00



Shelves filled with brightly colored glass owls, fish, and dogs. Behind them, Santa, in red cap and coat, peruses the selection

Artist Ebba Krarup makes colorful fused-glass animal and hearts.  These whimsical shapes will put a smile on anyone’s face.
There are dogs, cats, owls, and hearts in many sizes and colors.  $30-$50



At left is the side of Santa's face and beard, as though we are looking over his shoulder. He holds a triangle-shaped glass object with red hat and white beard.

Santa made one last stop when he discovered another piece by Ebba Krarup that bears a striking resemblance to Santa himself.


And with that Santa was gone, without a word or goodbye.
It was a quick little visit,  but don’t worry or cry.
He left gift ideas for those who want to discover, dream, and do.
So you can inspire your recipients with a new art form or two.





Linda DeBerry
Senior Copy Editor / Publications Manager

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