My husband and his family are collectors.
When we started dating and were getting first gifts for each other, my dear husband kept asking what I collect. I stared at him in puzzlement. I told him I only had one accidental collection, and that was crosses to hang on the wall. People just started buying them for me, hence accidental collection.
I was wrong. When I was a child, my mom made sure that we had a dated Christmas ornament for each year. It's really the only thing I've ever collected with diligence my whole life. Other collections end up forgotten as I have moved on to the next interest. I have every ornament in the Frosty Friends series since 1980. Yep. That's a freakishly long time. Last night, Monkey was finally old enough to really investigate.
I don't see myself starting any new collections, but each year I'm thankful that I
bullied convinced my mom to and them over to me when I got my first Christmas tree.