Christmas Mantel 2018

Nov 18, 2018

I can't believe Thanksgiving is this week! I try to have all my Christmas decorations up beforehand, but I'm going slow this year as I'm changing things up. I love the twinkle of lights as we have Thanksgiving dinner. I used to wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate, but when I was due with my son near Christmas one year I decided to get a head start. I never looked back and made it a new tradition!

There's so much new this year! The only thing that is the same is the magnolia garland. It's a pretty garland, but I love to layer it with either faux picks and/or real greenery. This year I have only a few picks of white poinsettias and gold leaves. I trimmed branches from a real garland to add fullness and a variety of leaves. I used less than half of it here. The remaining greenery will go in my stair garland.

I also bought new stockings this year. It's been something I've wanted to do for several years now that the boys are outgrowing the babyish ones I bought them as newborns. They come in different colors and monograms, but I chose the ivory with gold because they matched the decor in the living room.

This wreath was on my front door last year. I love how realistic and full it looks almost as much as I love that it's battery operated with a timer. That was a must for this mirror since I would need a ladder to turn it on. Thankfully, the wreath is still available this year so I was able to buy another one for the front door.

I love the extra strand lights in the lanterns from my foyer. I keep moving them around-foyer, by the Christmas tree, and by the fireplace. They are great in all those places, but I can see them best here.


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