Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Mantels | December 2020

My goal this year was to design a new mantel display each month in a way that reminded us of bits and pieces of our wonderful life...and share those stories here on the blog. I kept a few displays up longer than a month so actually ended up creating nine total displays for the year!

December's display has a Christmas theme and features Santa & Mrs. Claus.

We picked up the large Santa & Mrs. Claus at a craft fair back in 2010. I like that they're both showing some cute personality.

Each month I'm including a photo (or two) of us, and I knew our wedding photos would be perfect to represent the Santa & Mrs. Claus of our home. Those little figures in front of the frame are actually small bells that my sister sent me from The Santa Clause House in Alaska back in the early 1990s.

We picked up the Home for the Holidays wooden barn sign on a very rare trip inside WalMart last week as it seemed to fit with 2020's theme of staying home. The kissing Santa & Mrs Claus were purchased on my first visit to Canton First Monday Trade Days in 2001, four weeks before we were married. That Christmas tree is one I created from an old paperback book.

We found the Santa & Mrs. Claus on the bench about 12 years ago in a store in one of our local malls. It was sitting in the display window and caught our attention, and we knew it would make a great addition to our collection.

We have a large collection of Santa figurines and ornaments, but this is the first time I've put just the Santa & Mrs. Claus items on display together. I'm thrilled with how this turned out!

How did you do with your displays this year? Did you find a place to showcase some of your memories and change them up throughout the year?


  1. This is perfectly enchanting and so full of Christmas spirit and truly representative of the love in your home. Well done you!

  2. Your mantel is very Christmas-y, and it must be heart-warming to look at with all those lovely memories. We don't decorate till closer to Christmas (we were brought up in my background to regard Advent like Lent, as a time of preparation) but I will be giving some thought to how to incorporate happy family memories - thank-you for the reminder :). I really like your mantel project!

  3. I love the winking Santa!
    And I always like a glimpse of your wedding photos - your winter cloak is fabulous!

  4. Your mantle project has been a lot of fun this year! I always decorate for the season rather than the month, so I think I had four (maybe five) different mantle displays. The one for Christmas hasn't varied in the last four years!

  5. A very lovely seasonal display. I like that you have included Mrs Claus in your collection.

  6. I have really enjoyed your mantels this year and this is no exception.

  7. What a neat idea. We have several pieces of our life that just sit in a box because they are special to us but not right now. I have looked most of the posts for your mantels. I am already thing that September might be a good time to remember some of the things from our daughter's life, she was 50 in September. I could do the same for my husband's birthday in January. I need to write these ideas down. Thank you so much for sharing.


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