Christmas Mantels

I always struggle with what to put on my mantle.  I have a traditional fireplace, but it's on a two-story wall so I need larger scale items to fill the space.  I have a mirror off an old dresser that I use for three of the seasons.  For Christmas, it gets dressed up with a red berry wreath.  Besides the wreath, I felt like our Christmas mantle was just ho-hum.

This year, one item I did add to my Christmas decor is a mantle garland.  This one has lights, bulbs, pine cones and greenery all in one. It was definitely what it needed. The greenery and lights make the fireplace a focal point in the room.  It ties in nicely with the kitchen tree that lives right next door.

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I kept the black lanterns that I use in the other displays of the year and added the nutcracker's and stocking holders and stockings.  The garland steals the show and really adds to the overall effect.

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You can see “Sammy the Snowflake” elf has arrived at the Dowling house for a visit.

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My stockings are from Potterybarn and were purchased when the kids were little.  The stocking holders are from Target.

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 And it's even better with a fire going and a good book to read!

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A reader and friend added her Christmas mantle picture to the blog party.  I am loving all the little items and how they all come together to make a beautiful presentation.  A small tree in a bucket, a log cabin picture, vintage plaid cooler and print of a cup of cocoa.  All these things make the feeling of Christmas come alive.  Thanks for sharing Cally!

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Have a great weekend!

To life feeling like home!

XO,

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