December 07, 2009

12 Days of Christmas in Miniature 7: Night Before Christmas - It's Santa!

Welcome to day 7 of The 12 Days of Christmas in Miniature for 2009.

This year we are following along with the Christmas classic, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." (Click link to go to day 1.)

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,

Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

* Santa photos by Diane Pietrocola

New Yorker Diane Pietrocola has been collecting miniatures for 14 years, with pouring, painting and dressing porcelain dolls one of her favorite activities.

Instead of the usual Thomas Nast-style Santa in a red suit, Diane wanted to make a more classic Santa.

"I have wanted to do a Victorian Santa for a few years and this year I just decided to do a Google search and find several that I liked," she said.

She chose several elements of different Santas and joined them, with great success, wouldn't you agree? He looks like he stepped out of Victorian Christmas card.

Her favorite part? "Adding all the gifts. He just wouldnt' be the same without all the presents. It was so much fun to see him 'finished.'"

Diane sells her dolls (Ebay seller id, dollartbydiane. See more of her work here.

* Next: Christmas in Miniature Day 8.