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When the Santa pictures are up on our shiplap display wall it’s officially Christmas at our house! I’m sharing our Christmas mudroom, Santa wall and stairs today. A fun little section of our house that gets the most day to day traffic!
For years I used our shiplap display wall to display Christmas cards from family and friends but a few years ago I started using this wall to display our Santa pics.
I snapped this up close with my phone. We’ve taken a picture with Santa every year since Ellie was one! A little tradition I can’t quit because I love these pics so much. I watch my kids grow up right in front of my eyes on this wall every year! I try to create some sort of Christmas tree shape but it’s a little tricky because each year the configuration changes when we add a new picture. This year I started with the oldest pic on the bottom and made it the trunk. :)
This was my Santa picture wall last year. No trunk and I added a star ornament on top. See how it keeps changing?
This wall is tricky like that.
Some of my favorites.. Addison wouldn’t stop crying so I gave her a bagel trying to distract her but she just cried harder with bread in her mouth. Ha. In 2010 we added our little buddy. That might be my favorite pic of all because I love the way Ellie is watching him. She was so excited to introduce Kole to Santa! I remember that day like it was yesterday.
Growing up and looking older..
The Covid pic! A year to remember. I’m so glad we documented it with kids sitting on a bench 10 feet in front of Santa. Ha. Then last year.. my babies are looking so grown up. They humor me getting this picture taken every year because they know how much it means to me. I have a list of items to quickly grab if we ever have to evacuate for a fire and the Santa pics are my #1 item!
After the actual kids of course. :)
Across from the Santa pics are the stairs and I didn’t do much with them this year. I decorated them very last and was out of garland and out of energy. Ha. I just combined what was left of my favorite two garlands, added a little ribbon and done. (Didn’t even get to the top staircase!) I have some fun ideas for these stairs for next year. I’ll decorate them first and show them a little more love. :)
Keep heading down the hall past our Santa pictures and you hit the mudroom! I added these cute pine hoop wreaths to each locker with a simple command hook. Looks so fun and festive! This woven jute runner is beautiful! Soft to walk on and I love how much it warms up this space.
So many fun things to do with wreaths! I linked some other fun options below.
A simple throw and favorite holiday pillows on my bench. Got my red fix in this room. :)
So many cute holiday pillows are on sale right now! Here are a few favorites marked down..
I snapped this pic with my phone at night. Sometimes it’s easier to see at night in photos because this room gets a lot of light from different angles making it look shadowy in day time pictures. More garland over the doors! No wonder I ran out when I got to my stairs. :)
This picture is from last year. I used painters tape to put up our Christmas cards on these door frames and I’ll probably do the same thing this year.
There are three door frame options in this space so I have room to move to other doors if one fills up! I love having our holiday cards in this room because the garage door is right off of our mudroom so the second you walk into our house from the garage you see them all. Such a happy sight to walk into each day! I can’t wait until cards start coming in the mail. December is the one month of the year I volunteer to get our mail.. Kenny is on mail duty January through November when it’s mostly bills and junk. ;)
Last year I put these swags on our lockers.
They were cute but I like these little hoop wreaths better for this space. I love holiday decorating. So fun to mix things up every year!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend! It went by too quickly didn’t it!? I’m so happy I have one more full day of pie and Christmas pjs.
Monday I’ll hit the treadmill. Or maybe Tuesday.
Or maybe in January with the rest of the world.