Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Griffin's Santa is gone!


You may remember the post about Griffin's, a long-time Ocala store which sold all kinds of crafty things but was forced out of business due to the lack of business.

In front of the store was a sign with Santa hanging from it. Santa hung there all year long. But Santa is gone now. No one knows where. Maybe the North Pole?

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36 comments:

Don and Krise said...

Probably California. There's a few others there in tight red pants. ;-)

Small City Scenes said...

Of course he had to go back to the North Pole. It is that time of year ya know. Maybe Griffin came along and took it. there are a number of possibilities. MB

cieldequimper said...

Well, wherever he is now, he's very busy!

Olivier said...

Il est en avance ;))

melanie said...

Le père Noël peut, seul, nous apporter de l'espoir !!

Vogon Poet said...

That Santa was quite a climber! A year long grip with a couple of finger...

Bibi said...

He may have gone to look for his thumb....

Susie of Arabia said...

Gee I hope he wasn't destroyed! He's a beaut! Hopefully he will reappear on some other building someday, somewhere...

Kate said...

Great shot! What a loss now that it's gone. Did I ever tell you that I LOVE your banner?

brattcat said...

Alas, his disappearance was perhaps foretold by the vanishing of his little finger. Find that and perhaps you'll find the rest of him. ( :

Dan J. said...

That Santa is awesome. It makes one wonder with mysteries like that. Where did he go all of the sudden. Changes like that often mean new things are coming.... but who knows anymore. It is scary to see the number of vacant businesses in every part of the country.

Leif Hagen said...

I think some "political correctness police" took him away! Santa is missed!

B SQUARED said...

Maybe the Stimulus Package put him back to work.

Halcyon said...

I'm sure he's just gone back to the North Pole. Where else would Santa go?

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Sheesh! Now how will I find him to sit on his knee?

Jarart said...

Oh, too bad...he looks so cute there. Maybe he just went for a new paint job and will return. (like when our big cowboy disapeared only to return with newly painted clothes)

MJ said...

Whew, it's a lot of work to climb up and down a million chimneys in one night. Santa must be buff under all that red fur. :-)

Jacob said...

@ EG - Do you really kneed to sit on this Santa's knee...could it not be more advantageous to sit on another Santa's knee? ;-)

Lois said...

Oh no! They could have at least left him up there until after the holidays.

Bergson said...

He has a small lead

Tricia said...

Oh no! Sad to hear that another has gone out of business - I'm curious to know what they've done w/ that big ole guy! LoL!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

It's sad when the old 'icons' from the past disappear. Things which we have grown up with and been used to seeing. Perhaps the new shop owners have just taken him down for refurbishment and he will return?
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Cezar and Léia said...

I heard he could be in Drøbak, Norway...
God bless you!
Cezar

bfarr said...

I bet that Santa is hanging off the side of someone's chimney : )

Jacob said...

@ Cezar - Or Luxembourg!

Jacob said...

@ Tricia - I've no idea, but it's possible if you've been very, very good, he'll head toward Missouri!

Jacob said...

@ Halcyon - Jackson, Miss?

nopham said...

with Elvis! Love to have him (Santa). Stay dry!

magiceye said...

even santa has a shelf life!

Gordon said...

Maybe he got sold off to help recover debts for Griffiths; he may reappear elsewhere in your town.

Jim K said...

Maybe he will show up on Christmas Eve.

tapirgal said...

Nice photo. If Santa is at the Pole, I hope he has a good boat this year. It seems I missd a blessed event. I'm looking all over your blogs for it! Congratulations in advance :)

Lisa Wilson said...

Oh no!! I hope he shows back up before Christmas Eve!

Guess what! Lulu Studio selected my calendar to be sold on Amazon beginning December 9th! Thanks to you Jacob! It never occurred to me to create a calendar until you mentioned it.

Paula said...

I sure hope Santa found a new home somewhere, seriously. It would be sad to find he went to the landfill/recycling.

Marie-Noyale said...

Santa is out of the chimney in Florida!!
That's a lovely picture.

CafebyJW said...

Hello.Is anybody up?

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