Santa on a Pig

VFA Nr. 529

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.10 lbs 3.0 × 1.0 × 3.25 in
Chalkware Made in United States
Seasons: Winter
Year Issued: 1988 at $60.00

When it was first introduced in 1988, the Santa on Pig was an instant favorite because of the quirky obscurity of Santa riding a pig. The truth behind the matter, however, is it’s not as random as it may first appear. Anyone familiar with designer, Judi Vaillancourt, knows that she is inspired by traditions, folklore, and history, which is why the Santa on a Pig is the perfect piece for both those who like quirky and those who are reminded of their own family’s traditions.

The Santa on a Pig is, in part, inspired by a Scandinavian gift giver, bearing a striking resemblance to the Father Christmas. This mythological creature, which is likened to a garden gnome, protects both children and animals from evil and is often seen helping with chores. Like Santa, he hands out presents and, according to folklore, is often seen with a pig. In the Vaillancourt Folk Art tradition, this gift giver’s feet are tired and has chosen to ride the pig while delivering presents.

About Vaillancourt

The house brand to Vaillancourt Folk Art, Vaillancourt products expand beyond American made Chalkware and Polish made Ornaments—but, regardless the line, fine art quality is a staple of Vaillancourt products. As one of the last domestic Christmas studios, Vaillancourt is focused on keeping and growing your family’s traditions.