Christmas 2011: Mantel Decor

As I was brainstorming on how to decorate the mantel, I came across this amazing sale!  Everything was free and mine for the taking!  Amazing right?  Where was this sale?  My house… I shopped every room in the house and the attic for these great deals.

I do want to thank Michael Luke for bringing all the boxes of Christmas decorations down from the attic for me to look at.  We have a lot of great decorations, but as I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to keep things fairly simple this year.  Whatever I put up, I also have to take down.  That just doesn’t sound too appealing with a newborn on my hands.
And here is what I came up with…

I normally use the two trees with lights outside by our front door.  The wind knocks them down repeatedly though.  So I decided to save a little trouble and use them inside.  Michael Luke and I share a stocking.  He gets the space in the toes, and I get the leg!  HaHa, just kidding.  My mom made it for us as a wedding present.

I set a plate out for Santa and a mug with a packet of cappuccino.  I heard from a reliable source that he likes cappuccino (and chocolate chip cookies)!

I used the traditional red and green colors.  Turns out I don’t have a lot of Christmas decorations that are red, so I improvised.

For instance, the flower painting I pulled from another room.  Michael Luke painted it on a date with me at Sips n Strokes.  He did pretty good, didn’t he?  The nutcracker adds balance with the quotation on the other side of the painting.

I also pulled the glass red purse from another room, and the ornaments are the remaining ones after I finished the dining table (here).  The purse reminds me of all the holiday parties!

I found the little green trees at a yard sale a couple of years ago for fifty cents each!  They have made an appearance every year since.   I think I have gotten my money out of them.

I love placing the manger up high on the mantel.  Next year, I might place it lower though.  So Noah can see it.

The miniature tree is left over from Michael Luke’s college days.  It works well on the mantel though.

I think it turned out well to be such a quick transformation.

We don’t have Noah’s stocking up yet because my mom is making one for her.  I’ll have to post an updated picture once I get hers.

Next task… the tree.  Then, we will be all decorated for Christmas!  Has anybody else procrastinated like us in putting the tree up?

FYI:  Not sure if the cappuccino will make it until Christmas.  It’s pretty tempting, especially since this blast of Arctic weather came through.


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9 thoughts on “Christmas 2011: Mantel Decor

  1. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    It looks so pretty! Look at you decorating with a new baby…I’d be sleeping any chance I would get!
    I think I have the same mini trees on either side of our fireplace 😉 Target? I just got them on sale! We put some outside and they fell down a million times also, so we wired them to the railings, lol.

    1. Krystle Post author

      Thanks Kelly! My mom gave me these trees a few years back. I think they might have come from Fred’s. I love using them… I just wish they wouldn’t fall down so much.

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