Thursday, November 5, 2015

Western Themed Christmas: The Cowboy Santa

Cowboy Santa Claus

The Cowboy Santa

Western themed Christmas ornaments and decor, such as the Cowboy Santa pictured here, are quite popular.

Several years ago, my daughter's family lost almost all their Christmas things during a major move. Somehow, the items were forgotten and left in the basement, not to be remembered until the following Christmas, many months later.

They had purchased one really nice Christmas collectible for each of their children every year since their birth, so it was a big deal to all of them.

The idea was that when the kids were grown and had homes of their own, they would take their Christmas decorations and collectibles with them for their new homes. Needless to say, they were all devastated.

Country Western
Santa Claus
That year, for Christmas, we decided to help her rebuild the collection. We purchased her a western Santa Claus in jeans, buckskin jacket, and cowboy hat holding a tin coffee cup in his hand.

We also got her a wagon with a southwest decorated Christmas tree in the bed with tons of gifts beneath it. She was so excited when she opened it. I have not been able to find anything quite like what we purchased that year, but I did locate this Christmas figurine with lasso, boots, hat, jeans, and lantern. He would be a perfect companion piece to the one she already has.

That first year, each of the kids got a small cactus Christmas tree figure and a cowboy snowman to help them start rebuilding their collections, too.

Since then, she has managed to rebuild the collection to some extent, but I still hear one of them talk about the things they left behind.

Where ever they may move in the future, they may leave something behind again, but I don't believe it will be their Christmas decoration collection.

Susan's Cowboy Christmas Ornaments

Santa Got Lost in Texas, by Michael Landon

(Who Knew Michael Landon Could Sing?)

Christmas for Years to Come
The idea was that when the kids were grown
and had homes of their own, they would take
their decorations and collectibles with them for

their new homes.

Randolf the Bow-Legged Cowboy

Cowboy Santa with Lasso

This is a song we sang when I was a child in Texas.  It is sung to the tune of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer:

Randolf the bow-legged cowboy
Had a very shiney gun
And if you ever saw it
You would surely break and run

All of the other cowboys
Used to laugh and call him names
They wouldn't let poor Randolf
Play in any poker games

Then one foggy Christams eve
The sheriff came to say
Randolf with your gun so bright
Won't you guide my possee tonight?

Then all the cowboys loved him
As they shouted out with glee
Randolf the bow-legged cowboy
You'll go down in history!

I tried to find copyright information on this song, but was not able to find it. If you own the copyright, let me know and I will be happy to remove this song or attribute it to you.

Rufus the Red-Nosed Cowboy

Another Slightly Different Version of the Song Above


Perfect Music for a Cowboy Christmas!

Michael Martin Murphey:
Cowboy Christmas

The following songs are on this album, and are available as individual MP3's!
  • I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day/Old Time Christmas
  • Jolly Old St. Nicholas/The Christmas Letter
  • The Creak of Leather
  • Christmas on the Line
  • Sleigh Ride/Jingle Bells
  • Christmas Trail
  • Merry Texas Christmas You All!
  • Ridin' Home on Christmas Eve
  • Corn, Water, and Wood
  • The Cowboy Christmas Ball
  • Polka Medley: Good King Wenceslas/Under the Double Eagle/Red Wing/Golden Slippers
  • Christmas Cowboy Style
  • The Santa Claus Schottische: Up on the Housetop/The Sweetheart Schottische/Oh Susannah/Up on the Housetop
  • Two-Step 'Round the Christmas Tree
  • Two-Step Medley: Cotton-Eyed Joe/Deck the Halls/Buffalo Galls 1914/Soldier's Joy/The Gril I Left Behind Me/Deck the Halls
  • Log Cabin Home in the Sky
  • Waltz Medley; O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)/Put Your LIttle Foot(The Varsouvianna) The Westfailia Waltz/Over the Waves
  • Pearls in the Snow
  • Good Night Ladies/Auld Lang Syne/The Christmas Dance

    Merry Christmas, Ya'll!


     Gene Autry: Merry Texas Christmas You All

    The Cowboy Christmas Wish List

    (not necessarily in that order!)

    Themed Christmas Trees

    I have heard of themed Christmas trees for years. The first time I actually saw a themed tree in someone's house, though, it was really fun to see. She had a huge house with a differently themed tree in each room. Her daughters had a Barbie themed tree. Her husband had a hunter's theme tree with homemade Santa ornaments made from shotgun shells that were just adorable.

    She had a western themed tree, too, with boot and hat ornaments, bandana bows, and a rope for garland. Instead of a star or an angel, that tree sported a cowboy hat on top. This Old World Christmas Western Horse Ornament would have been perfect on that tree!


    Wylie Gustafson: Christmas for Cowboys


    In Texas, Santa Drives a Buckboard

    While driving through Texas, we came across this pasture decor. 


    Texas Christmas by Linda Pogue, (c) 2006

    Would you like a western cowboy themed Christmas?

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