I am so excited about today’s Christmas Traditions + a Holiday Giveaway post! It’s a welcomed break from all the food I share and a peek into my home and family traditions during the holiday season.
Regardless of what graces our dinner table, there is one thing that can be certain during the Christmas season and that’s my grandmother’s wooden Santas.
Long before I had a home or Christmas decor of my own, my grandmother, referred to a time or two on this blog as my “Little MawMaw” would transform a Louisiana swamp Cyprus knee into a Christmas work of art for each of our immediate family members. No one received the same style Santa. Each Santa was unique and created especially for its recipient.
As each year went on, she became more creative and would often branch out from the Cyprus knees. One year, we drew numbers for the “special” Santas- the super creative ones in unexpected shapes. It’s how I “won” my Santa moon, while my sister “won” a Santa carved in the shape of an S the year after. Year after year you could expect there to be a painted Santa included in or tied onto your package.
Each one would include the date. So if you recall in 2002, we had gone to war in Afghanistan following the 9-11 attack that occurred the year before; hence why our Santas were patriotic.
As she has gotten older, arthritis prevents her from continuing the wooden Santas so I am grateful that she began gifting me Santas long before I had anywhere to display them.
Now, my dining room buffet is cleared and a space is created worthy of my handmade Santa village. It is hands down one of my favorite areas of our home during Christmas.
Funny story about the Santa holding the duck. It’s actually a stolen Santa. I was dating a guy who was notorious for not being around during the holidays because he was duck hunting. On this particular year, my grandmother created a Santa of his very own. Naturally, when the relationship ended I took back the Santa.
I mean, duh.
This year I decided my Santas needed a cabin (my grandmother’s personal Santa collection have a handmade house of their own). I stumbled upon this vintage looking church on the Wayfair website. It’s technically a birdhouse, but my Santas don’t know that. I adorned it with a miniature wreath and couldn’t be happier merging something new with something old.
There are very few things I own that mean more to me than my Santas.
To help you celebrate and create some holiday decorating traditions of your own, I’ve partnered with my friends at Wayfair to gift one lucky reader a $100 gift card to purchase anything you like from their website.
To enter, simply visit the Wayfair website and choose which Upside Down Christmas Tree is your favorite. It’s ok if you’re not a fan of the upside down tree tradition, but be sure to read about the history. I had no idea the story behind how the Upside Down Christmas Tree became upside down in the first place!
Come back here and comment below with your selection.
The winner will be randomly chosen on December 15th and a gift card emailed directly from Wayfair.
Best of luck!