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Christmas 2012: Our Mantel

This little elf momma has been busy decorating the house for Christmas.  Now if I could only clean up the mess I made doing it.  Does anybody else run into that same problem?  Sometimes, I’m like a tornado… leaving a path wherever I go!

So while the house may not be back in order yet, the mantel is decorated and spreading the Christmas cheer and warmth throughout the house.  So without further ado here is a picture overload (because that’s what we really care about) of the mantel.

Like before, I mainly used what we had in our Christmas decor stockpile.  I did splurge a little though by buying the beautiful poinsettia and the red ornaments on the garland.  But that’s my goal… to add a little each year.

I kept with the traditional red and green for my decorations this year. Mainly because that’s what I have but I have to tell you I am really digging all this red.  It is so cheerful and is really refreshing to see such bold color in our living room.  Could this be a sign of things to come decor wise in our home?

This is one of my favorite pictures of Michael Luke and me.  It was taken on our honeymoon and we used it as our first Christmas card together!  I love how the green contrast with the red so well and love setting it out every year.  Don’t we look young?  Not so much now but up until we frequently got asked if we were teenagers!  I’m 28 now and judging by the latest responses of the cashiers at the grocery store I might could pass as college student.  Forward progress!

The red ornaments are simple inexpensive shatterproof ornaments.  I bought some glass beads and hot glued them on to add a little pizzaz to them!  They are so cute I might have to add more next  year.

The little red flowers were only fifty cents at Jo-Ann.  In the past I have used them for decoration on gifts but I thought they worked perfectly placed sparingly in the garland. The white trees I have had for a few years but originally came from Wal-Mart.  Score one for EDLP (Every Day Low Prices)!  The best part about them is that they are plastic so I don’t have to worry about breaking them.

I think I have used this cross for every season this year.  It seems to always be appropriate and I couldn’t resist pairing it with our nativity scene.

Originally I didn’t plan for these little glass ornaments to hang over the ledge but the garland sort of fell that way I like the end result.

All our stocking are hung by the chimney with care.  (For more on our stockings click here.)

And here’s little Noah displaying her awe and wonderment of our tree.  Let’s just say it has been a real learning experience for her to restrain from grabbing every ornament off the tree!

I’ll be back later to share pics of our new tree (see our old one here) and our new ornament that symbolizes our anniversary from earlier this year (see all our other ornaments here).

Are you through decorating your house for Christmas?  Do you leave a path wherever you have been while decorating?  What are your favorite colors to decorate with for Christmas?  Traditional? Blue? Pink? Silver? Gold?

See how I worked with what we had on our Spring, and Fall mantels earlier this year.  Decorating for the season doesn’t have to be a huge expense… shop around the house.

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