Annalee: a line of felt dolls and animals with hand painted faces originally made in New Hampshire. Not to be confused with Annabelle, a creepy doll possessed by a demonic spirit.
You can tell it's Christmas at Casa Sullivan when the Annalee dolls take over the dining room. This year they've overflowed into the front parlor. I hadn't realized how many I had accumulated until I took them all out of storage. The long dining room table that can seat nine was COVERED with Annalee.
Me to hubs: Uh, look how many Annalee we have this year. I think I have a problem (as in, I've become a crazy collector/hoarder.)
Hubs: You think? (He wasn't amused, which is ironic since he's such an enabler and has even bought a bunch of the Annalee for me.)
Me: I don't know if I'm going to have enough room to display them all.
Hubs: Maybe you should stopping buying them?
Me; I blame my genes. My mom does stuff like this, too.
Hubs: *shakes his head*
Me: It could be worse Remember the Russ troll dolls I used to collect? And I read about a woman who has almost 800 Steiff animals.
Hubs: Eight HUNDRED????
Me: Hey, if I get that many, we'll open up a museum.
Hubs: I need some aspirin (for the headache I'm giving him.)
Some women collect handbags, some jewelry, some shoes. I collect animals.
I'm sure a psychiatrist could tell me why I have this need to collect and surround myself with animals both alive and artistic representations. Not only do I collect the holiday Annalee animals, but there are the antique Steiff that have recently taken over the house. And the master bedroom is decorated with a cat theme. The downstairs is decorated in a bear theme. The kitchen used to be pig themed. And then we have the "Cat Room" upstairs that is just for the cats--no dogs allowed.
In my defense, I did read somewhere that people who collect things have a higher IQ than people who don't. Although, I've seen collections that would challenge that notion.
But here's the ultimate irony along the lines of the pot calling the kettle black: the hubs collects Christmas village miniatures. His village is still in the process of being set up, but I'll post pictures once he has it finalized. In the meantime, here are some photos of the Christmas Annalee.
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