St. Louis mom creates Christmas wonderland for her son

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis mom brought a little Christmas cheer to her subdivision and her son. This year, she decorated her front yard and surrounding property with over 100 inflatables and decorations ranging from gnomes, Santas, reindeer, and Disney characters.

“My son Conner and I moved to our home when he was 6 months old and 4 months out from having a heart transplant. That, along with some other major health issues, had me relocating us a bit closer to Cardinal Glennon, Conner’s hospital,” said Mother Jennifer Walkenhorst.

Walkenhorst explained that her subdivision, though small, has encountered some Homeowner Association issues. “Although nothing crazy,” she added. About four years ago, Conner developed an interest in holidays and wanted to have a collection of inflatables.

St. Louis mom creates Christmas wonderland for her son

“With all of his health issues during the fall and winter, we tend to stay in more, so we don’t increase the risk of a hospital stay. Not to mention, he has to have a cardiac catheterization every December to check his heart function and to have a biopsy to check for rejection of the heart,” said Walkenhorst. Despite these challenges, she decided to start a collection of inflatables to give him something to look forward to.

Walkenhorst said that her neighbors discussed her property at a HOA meeting. Ultimately, the board did not vote to take the decorations down.

Walkenhorst hoped that her adventure to make her son happy would also spread Christmas cheer.

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the HOA did not vote to take the decorations down .

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