Thursday, December 1, 2016

10 Ways to Celebrate Christmas with Santa

It never ceases to amaze me how different many ways we can bring jolly old Saint Nick into our homes for the holidays. After all, can you really say you decorated for Christmas if you don’t have at least one Santa-themed object in the house? I think not. It’s pure tradition. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of items to help you think of ways to celebrate with Santa this Christmas.


1 – Ceramic Santa


Look through your Christmas decorations and I’m sure you find at least one ceramic Santa in your stock pile. Whether you’re sporting a dollar store find or an ornately-painted high-end masterpiece, Santa always looks good in ceramics. Sit him on the mantel or use him as a centerpiece for your Christmas table to invoke the holiday spirit.


2 – Wooden Santa


I love anything made from wood. It’s no wonder my own personal collection contains a number of different wooden Santas. I’ve got tall, hand-carved Santas and wood-painted cut-out Santas. When it comes to making them special, it’s all in the detail – the more elaborate, the better.


3 – Santa Gourd


Gourd painters have to be one of the most clever country artisans I’ve ever met. But, with a playful little grin and pot belly figure, it’s not a far stretch to turn a gourd into a Santa figure and it’s sure to be a conversation piece.


4 – Santa Bear


For those of us who just cannot resist the charms of a cuddly teddy, I highly recommend celebrating Christmas with a Santa bear. Just add a red hat and sack of toys to your plushie and he’s ready to go.


5 – Shabby Chic Santa


As for the softer side of Santa, how about going shabby chic? Father Christmas would be oh so adorable in a Victorian-inspired outfit in white or pastel tones.


6 – Santa Christmas Ornaments


Dressing the Christmas tree just wouldn’t be the same without at least a couple of Santa Claus ornaments. Whether you make paper-craft Santas with the kids or shop for that one-of-a-kind store-bought ornament, Santa will reign supreme anywhere on your Christmas tree.


7 – Edible Santa


For the foodies among us, check out recipes for making edible Santas. My favorites are bite-site strawberries for a Santa Claus base, whipped crème faces and another small slice of strawberry with a dot of whipped crème for his hat. Set a host of these little fellas out on a platter for your guests and watch them disappear.


8 – Santa Dog


Want to get your furry companion into the holiday spirit? Then shop for a Santa dog costume. My pug loves to dress up and visit the children’s hospital every year and the kids love it, too.


9 – Santa in the Flesh


If you can’t get your dog in a Santa suit, recruit your favorite human. But, promise you’ll do jolly old Saint Nick justice – no cheap Santa suits – spring for a really nice one this year.


10 – Toilet Cover Santa


Surfing the web, I came across a Santa novelty that I’m tempted to buy. It’s a toilet tank, seat and rug cover set that turns the throne into Santa. What a hoot!


Check out the pictures and the inspiration for this article in the There’s Something About Santa ideabook on Houzz. You’re sure to find a way to celebrate with Santa that will make your holiday complete.


Enjoy more home decor ideas from Terry Mulligan:


Ideas for the Perfect Christmas Table Setting
Lavish and Luscious Ideas for Your Christmas Mantle
How to Make a Christmas to Remember for Your Children


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