a Christmas mantel

A christmas mantel

I am still mid stream in Christmas decorating.  SO many things are halfway there or almost done but not quite finished.  Ugh!  It’s driving me nuts but it fits right into the 2020 year MO.  The one thing I do have done is the fireplace mantel in the living room.

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I don’t necessarily have “themes” or color stories for my Christmas decorating, since my family is big into traditions, but this year I have noticed I am leaning heavy towards white flowers and bells.  

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For the mantel I used white roses that I had from another project, which I will share real soon.  I used real cedar garland, candles and our stockings.  That’s it.  I tried to keep it simple.  I have used real cedar garland in years past and I love the way it looks and smells.  The only drawback is that it can be a tad messy but it’s a messy kind of year.

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Besides the white roses here, I have also used white cyclamen outside which you might have seen a peak in this post{a vintage door & a petite Christmas tree}, and I am also using white poinsettias in my indoor decor, which I will share real soon.

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The stockings I bought years ago from an Etsy shoppe and the {Noel} stocking hanger is from Pottery Barn, which I bought over 20 years ago as a newlywed.    

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On each stocking, instead of using name tags, I personalized them with these little notebooks.  Each year we write an entry of our memories and favorite things about that particular Christmas season.  They are mini Christmas journals.  I love to read through them and see the silly things the kids wrote and how their handwriting has developed.

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I have a sprig of evergreen from our Christmas tree and some green berries with each rose.  I will have to replace the white roses eventually but this is the third project I have used them on and they are still going strong.

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I worked all day today but tomorrow I will be decking the halls again and hopefully I will get some other projects done that I can share with you.

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Besides our Christmas decorations inside and outside, I also have a couple of crafts I want to show you plus some additional Christmas tablescapes.  Did you see my first seasonal table?{sentiment Christmas tablescape}.  It’s not your traditional red & green Christmas, but that’s how I play, leaning towards neutrals and rustic feels.

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I am also excited to share how I am using bells this year for my decor inside and outside and even on a tablescape.  I will share real soon.

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How is your Christmas decorating going?  I love all the inspiration found throughout bogland, Instagram, Pinterest and beyond.  I hope I have provided some inspiration today for your home.

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“I heard the bells on Christmas Day 

Their old, familiar carols play,

And wild and sweet 

The words repeat

Of peace on earth, good will to men!”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~

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