Since we have had our first snow here in Kansas City, it means I can officially dive headfirst into the Holiday season, right? I sure hope so because I am ready for all the jingle bell rocking to begin! Even when Thanksgiving isn’t so late in the month, I always find myself sneaking Christmas out a bit early in my home. While I do like to celebrate each holiday, especially ones centered around yummy food and giving thanks, I say after Halloween, any holiday décor is fair game! The shop is a different story however – we’ve been getting ready for Christmas since the end of September! The first look we were able to get setup is what I am calling Santa’s Workshop. Located in our newly painted “Flint Hill’s Room” this look is full of whimsey, classic colors, and some of our favorite holiday characters.
This look has me reminiscing of being a child at Christmas time and all the wonder and excitement that comes with believing in the magic of the season, creating my own whimsical decorations and fighting to keep my eyes open for just a glance of the big man coming down my chimney. If anything, being in the Santa’s Workshop area makes me remember that, at the end of the day, we are all still kids at heart. This room takes some of my favorite childhood decorations, like the infamous paper chain garland, and elevates them to the level of décor.
This display also begs the question, why stop with one elf on a shelf when we all know it takes a village to make the toys for all the little girls and boys? Nothing makes me giggle more than walking into this room and thinking about what these mischievous elves would get into. We had an Instagram friend comment that she thinks they would be sharing snarky comments about shop goings-on like the paintings in Hogwarts – and I can’t help but agree! Santa’s helpers are all over this display – sitting on shelves, hanging from the trees and putting a smile on my face wherever I look!
While the elves might steal the show, we can’t forget about the rest of the Christmas crew! With Santa making an appearance in both figurine and needlepoint pillow form, he is sure to keep an eye on his busy team. His reindeer and dear friends Frosty The Snowman are close at hand to round out our nostalgic trip to the North Pole. There is something refreshing about letting go of glam for one of our rooms and having a bit of organized chaos full of fun and whimsy! When you let the elves take control of the shop it might be crazy, but it will never be boring! Stay tuned with us over the next couple months as I share more of our festive rooms and holiday favorites at the shop! Coming up in two weeks, I can’t wait to show and tell about our Woodland Wonderland that is currently welcoming shoppers into our store. Until next time – Happy Decorating!