Spread cheer, not germs.

By Betsy Cribb
Updated September 22, 2020
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Santa with Face Mask ornament
Credit: Biscuit Home

We knew it was bound to happen.

In a strange year marked by toilet paper shortages, home-brewed hand sanitizer, and face masks as the style trend du jour, it was only a matter of time before the coronavirus invited itself to the holiday festivities: Old Saint Nick is officially wearing a mask.

This November, Old World Christmas, the Washington state-based purveyor of blown-glass ornaments cheery and cheeky, is releasing three pandemic-inspired Christmas tree ornaments: a glittery roll of toilet paper that will never run out (can you imagine?!), a sparkling bottle of hand sanitizer (no, it doesn’t smell like straight tequila), and a mask-wearing Santa Claus.

Like the positive role model he is, this pint-sized Saint Nick wears his blue surgical mask correctly, covering his rosy cheeks, cherry nose, and “droll little mouth” to avoid spreading anything but holiday cheer (steal his look and snap up some disposable masks here). And lest you be concerned about a yuletide identity crisis, there is absolutely no mistaking that it’s the jolly old elf behind the mask, thanks to his twinkling eyes, glittering red cap, and fluffy white beard.

While the hilariously timely Santa with Face Mask ornament won’t be available to ship for a few more weeks, you can pre-order it from one of our favorite shops in Houston (BUY IT: $22; biscuit-home.com) to commemorate the weirdest, wildest year ever. Just think of the stories you’ll have to tell your grandchildren when they ask about the mask-wearing Santa Claus on your tree.

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