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This book shares with you the first twenty-nine Santa I painted for my Memories Collection for Prizm Inc.


I was raised in Germany and came to America. My family lived in North Dakota and Minnesota, and eventually settled in beautiful Door County Wisconsin. After relocating in the United States I longed for Germany and made frequent trips to Germany.  I feel in love with Bavarian, old world style of art. One cold winter I painted a Santa for my mother, which began a lifetime of painting Old Father Christmas images.


Over the years, I have painted hundreds of Old Father Christmas images. This book highlights some of her most popular images and their stories.


Here’s an example: Christmas in Czechoslovakian homes wouldn’t be complete without the nativity scene, complete with the Holy Family, the Christ Child in the manger, Wise Men and all the stable animals. As a little girl in Czechoslovakia, Pipka and her family had a special place for the creche. The Czech Santa brings the creche set along with toys and gifts to families on Christmas Eve. His coat is covered in a pattern of orange poppies, blue cornflowers and daisies, reminiscent of the folk designs seen in Czechoslovakian pottery and symbols of the colorful Czech spirit.

Memories of Christmas Book

  • This tabletop, book features twenty-nine Old Father Christmas figurines in her wonderful collection of limited edition, very rare figurines. Discover the stories and history behind every Santa. Plus, you’ll find traditions, myths and recipes from around the world. You will also learn about Pipka herself. Size: 11” x 9”, full color, hard bound. Individually shrink wrapped.

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