Don't try to find any of these; I think my friend Margaret in St. Louis has cornered the market on these tiny Santa Claus hats she turned into holiday fascinators then shared a few with me.
Not that one remembers one has them on. Once firmly attached, it's far too easy to go through life without remembering what's on one's head. People either scowl or smile. The ones' that smile might be awarded a tiny Santa hat of their own, like my friend Ina.
I also gave one to my beekeeping friend Cheryl. Her daughter Jordan quickly appropriated the tiny Santa hat so Cheryl asked if I had a second one. To make sure she wouldn't loose it, Cheryl wore both when she was at my house for a holiday drop-in. The punch wasn't spiked - really.
Ina had an even better idea. She sent me a thank you with best wishes for a happy Christmas with this picture:
So hats off and may Ina, Oscar - Margaret - and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Ok, maybe that's going too far but these tiny Santa Claus hats have the same vibe as the fancier head gear made popular several years ago by Princess Kate. The tiny Santa hats are attached to hair with tiny glued-in hair clips, much as fascinators are.
Once glued-in hair clips are allowed to dry and attached with a tiny Santa hat to one's head, it's easy to forget one is wearing it. Trust me, I know. Until someone spots it and gives you a quirky smile. Better yet, they point to the tiny Santa hat and ask where did you get it because they would love to have one.
Margaret gave me mine during a weekend visit to her house in St. Louis. She had thought ahead and made extras. It was her, and my call, she said, on who should get one as we shopped for fabric for one of my customers custom quilt project. It had to be someone who demonstrated that inner joyful spirit just waiting to be crowned. Such a little thing but so much fun, nothing quite like passing these out and bringing smiles to people's faces.
Thanks, Margaret, it was Ho Ho Ho fun!