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A Dozen Ideas for Displaying Collectible Santas

Count down to Christmas with a dozen different ways to incorporate a Santa Claus collection into jolly vignettes from bedside to mantelpiece. These festive fellows are among those displayed throughout the Turlock, California, ranch home of Lori and Mike Barnard.

1. Shelf Sitter

Brighten a shelf by seating a small cloth Santa so he is leaning against a background of books.

Shelf Sitter

2. Homespun Ho-Ho-Ho

Coordinate your Santa selection to the palette of your room and nearby collectibles, just as this fellow dressed in felt and homespun fabrics complements the living room where he's stationed.

Homespun Ho-Ho-Ho

3. Patriotic Pop

Detailing and color can help you decide how to highlight a Santa figure, like this one with a patriotic bent. The colors of his suit echo the hues on the nearby game board and firkins, which are aptly accented with picket fencing and tiny trees.

Patriotic Pop

4. Happy Hangout

Hang a long and lean cloth St. Nick from the side of a cabinet to provide a cheerful burst of Christmas color.

Happy Hangout

5. Green Scene

Match the Santa to the scenery. This emerald-cloaked fellow fits right in with a dry sink display featuring a frosty tree tucked into a bucket and other seasonal greenery.

Green Scene

6. Colorful Contrast

Look for places where special figures can attract attention. Positioning this yellow-suited Santa atop the mantel on a weathered brown fireplace wall ensures that he stands out due to the contrast in colors.

Colorful Contrast

7. Jolly Haul-iday

Santa Claus figures come in all styles, shapes and sizes, so it's easy to find one to suit a particular space. This pull-toy-style figure, bent and intent on towing his sled full of goodies, is perfect for filling out a shelf.

Jolly Haul-iday

8. Cabinet Cozy

Use a Santa to enhance a theme. With his stout figure and red ticking stripes reminiscent of peppermint sticks, this stand-up St. Nick fits in well on this red cabinet in the kitchen, where baking and sweets are part of the holiday decor.

Cabinet Cozy

9. Seat Warmer

Perk up a sofa or other seating by adding a cloth figure amid the accent pillows, like this substantial Santa speckled in snow, who brings a jovial feel to a small bench.

Seat Warmer

10. Wooly Wonder

Incorporate a lighter, softer figure to balance darker items, as this sheep-holding fellow with a wooly beard and fleece-trimmed white suit does for this dark wood table and nearby whirligig.

Wooly Wonder

11. Tucked-In Treasure

Bolster your bedding with holiday charm by tucking in a cozy figure that coordinates with your everyday linens, taking a cue from this jolly old elf whose coat echoes the shams and toss pillows.

Tucked-In Treasure

12. Angelic Accent

Pay attention to scale when showcasing a Santa collection. This tall Kris Kringle bearing an angel is situated atop a low cabinet where he bridges the gap between that piece and the taller cabinet alongside it.

This home was featured in the article "Christmas at the Ranch" in the November 2017 issue of Country Sampler. Photographed by BlackstoneEdge.com, styled by Donna Pizzi.

Angelic Accent

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