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I just ran across this article and thought of your discussion here. It's called A Seasonal Obsession and is an interview with an avid collector of all kinds of things. However, down toward the end of the article, she talks about "End of Day" ornaments and relates the same story you offered. Since she is a serious collector, I figure she has researched it. On the other hand, maybe no one will really ever know but I like it!
Your ornaments are beautiful, by the way!