Mrs. Claus (Companions of Christmas)
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One of the SchweizerCraft "Companions of Christmas" series (#CC02)
Mrs. Claus was once better known by her given name, Alba. She was the nymph of the silver fir tree, a captain in the retinue of the Greek goddess Artemis, and she first met Saint Nicolas when he came to do battle with her Lady.
Nick was on a campaign to destroy Artemis's shrines and temples in his Asia Minor diocese in order to keep the Christians in his flock from “backsliding” into paganism. In these attempts, he frequently had to fight Artemis and her retinue, including Alba.
Over the years, Nick and Alba often ran into each other on the same errands of mercy, coming to the aid of a child or creature in peril. Although both were pledged to see the other undone, they found themselves allies in these ventures, first reluctantly, then enthusiastically.
Over the course of many decades and many encounters, Alba came to fall in love with Nick because of his kindness, generosity, and, above all, his fierce devotion to and protection of children, which mirrored her own. And Nick fell in love with Alba because of her unwillingness to stand by while the weak were harmed, the patience with which she sought to understand those who were different from her (patience & tolerance both being virtues that Nick clearly needed a lot of help learning), and the unmitigated joy she took from the natural world & its wonders.
Alba brokered a peace between Nick & Artemis (who presented him with her famous flying deer as a sign of peace and a means by which to better undertake his mission), married Nick, and now stewards the great fir forests of the North Pole, acting as protector & champion to the many creatures who find sanctuary there.
1/8” finished hardboard, roughly 3.3” tall
This figure can be purchased individually here, or comes as part of the Santa's Workshop DisPlayset, along with Santa Claus and ten elves.
Figure comes with a 3 x 8.5” card telling her story. The card fits in the story shelf on the Santa’s Workshop DisPlayset.