Not that collectors need a reason, but a huge bonus of Christmas and winter-themed collectibles is that they do convenient double duty.
They're foremost a fun and engaging hobby. And then when December rolls around, they're seasonal collectibles that lend themselves well to becoming one-of-a-kind holiday decorations.
Holiday lovers collect just about everything you can think of: old holiday cards, vintage ornaments, Christmas-themed dishes, snow scenes, Santas (aka Father Christmases), snowmen, mittens, stockings, snowflakes, icicles, nutcrackers, and more.
Here are several ways to display your holiday collection:
Raise them to new heights. Find ways to display your collectibles at varying heights, giving them more drama and better showing off their variety. Arrange them on tiered cake or dessert plates; stack them atop upright or overturned bowls, vases, or candlesticks. Hang some on a wall; display the rest on a shelf or table in front of that wall.
Cluster them. A tried-and-true rule for displaying just about any small collectibles any time: Group them together, rather than spreading them out around the house or room, for maximum impact.
Accessorize. Look around the house for items that will really show off your collectibles. They'll create a composition that's more pleasing to the eye than a collection that's just sitting there. Find a silver tray on which to set them. Tuck in some sprigs of cedar or little artificial red berries. These are the touches that make the difference between simply showing a collection and showcasing it.
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Gather a collection of Santa cards together in a vintage frame. These reproduction cards, based on designs featuring old-fashioned Santas, spark extra interest when they hang out together. Even easier than matting: The cards are mounted on the ribbons with tape, then draped and taped (or tacked) around the back of the frame.
Go beyond a table centerpiece when spiffing up the dining room for the holidays; add decorations to each chair back, too. Any tie-able treasures will work, or do as we did and use a new collection of die-cut holiday cards.