The holiday season is a fitting time to talk about these little guys since they're often associated with that time of year, especially in Germany where they are traditionally made. Many German households place these little figurines in every room of their homes to chase away any evil spirits that might reside there. They're called smokers because their interiors hold an incense cone. When lit, a swirl of smoke escapes their little round mouths.
Do any of you have one of these delightful little figures? I'm wondering how commonly they are collected here in the U.S. I keep mine out year-round because they add a lot of character to my surroundings. They are just one of my many collectibles!