#499 “Heart” Santa Nativity

Acquired 2007

You would not expect to see Santa Claus in the collection, yet this little miniature size Santa is quite roly-poly and jolly - surprising! His bright colors and his cheerful face draw your attention so that you want to pick him up. As you lift him you realize he “opens up” and in his heart, there is a pewter nativity set. Even Santa needs Jesus in his heart! This piece was a gift to me from Tony Trevino, our financial planner. He visited Naples, Italy, in the year of 2007, and had a serious episode of congestive heart failure while there. His touring was quite limited and yet when he saw this Santa Nativity, he thought of me and wanted to add it to my collection. I am honored to have Santa “with Jesus in his heart” in my collection.