Above is our sad mantel all plain and undecorated. I originally had garland and our stockings hanging in the middle but I always decorate it the same every year. I was inspired to get my rear into gear after looking at my friend Nat's mantel and then on to lots of other ideas here. I didn't do mine to enter and I was a few days late anyway, but either way, something needed to be done. I spent $7 total at the Dollar Tree plus used some things I already had.
Afters. That snowman does not belong and needs a new home. Still working on that...
The giant snowflake, moss in the vases, the small vase, gold ornaments, 2 black picture frames and the tall white candle, all dollar finds.
The white candle may be a Catholic prayer candle but I liked it anyway :)
I threw in a couple vintagey colored family pictures
And a couple wrapped gifts
And the real reason for the season, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!
Our sadly mismatched stockings. I think I may get us all coordinating ones next year, including one for Baby E!
Never decorated the dining room before but gave it a shot
2nd attempt at a yarn wreath. I think I may tuck this project in my pocket to make for years to come.