Getting started with Dash Away
October 18, 2018
One of the centerpieces of Patience Brewster by MacKenzie-Childs is the Dash Away collection, which is based on the classic Christmas poem “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Like the poem, the collection features Santa and his eight reindeer.
But there are all sorts of ways to interpret the Dash Away collection. Santa has a Mrs. and everyone in the North Pole has an elf. There are trees to nestle in, a sleigh, and a gateway. There is a frosty Moonbeam version and a World Edition set and they all come in three sizes!
So, you might wonder where to begin.
First, think of your budget and decide where your reindeer will be displayed. That will help you decide if you want tiny “minis” (4 inches tall), or our ornament size (6½ inches tall), or figures (12½ inches tall) for a larger statement?
Next, choose between traditional color Dash Away or the frosty Moonbeam version, which is white, silver, and gold.
Then, think of the Clement Clarke Moore poem:
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! To the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
With that in mind, consider starting your collection at the beginning like the poem does, with Dasher! If your budget allows, pair him with his elf and maybe a Santa. Then, order another deer and its elf…all the way to the end with No. 8, the oldest and wisest reindeer, Blitzen, and his tree elf.
You can fill in whenever the spirit moves you or on special occasions to speed up your collecting. Also, the sleigh is an important piece. Put that on your wish list or grab it when it fits your budget. We guarantee that it will make you happy!
Finally, let’s discuss a couple of finer points about the collection. When Patience re-read Moore’s poem, she decided to illustrate her version of the reindeer, taking a note from the Victorian era, but giving it her own modern twist. So, when she came to Donner (or Donder, meaning “thunder”), she felt a female was needed in this position to round out the collection. She dressed this reindeer in high-heeled magenta boots with a ruffled coat and named her Donna because she now looked a bit like a prima donna.
Another point is that the collection doesn’t include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph didn’t become part of Christmas folklore until the 1940s, when he was made famous in a 1949 song recorded by Gene Autry. Moore’s poem, written in 1823, pre-dates that song by more than 125 years, so, as Patience likes to say, Rudolph was not born yet!
And one last thought: If you have a favorite reindeer or a Santa, then start your collection with that piece and make your heart happy. The only rule is to have fun while adding on!