Since we're all in (or getting in or need to be in) the holiday spirit, and the blog Christmas par-tays are beginning, I thought I'd share my great room mantel today. Like last year, I chose to embellish it with nutcrackers. However, this year, I added a few more ornaments, snowflakes and beads:
These pretty green, red and gold shatterproof ornaments are from Wal-Mart ($5 for a box of 18)! Love.
Last year, I had one simple row of gold beads (from Old Time Pottery). This year, I added more ... fun:
I added the gold, glittery snowflakes this year, as well (from a local Christmas shop):
I also decided it might be fun to add a couple of canisters of the traditional Christmas nuts. Of course, I just *had* to perch a mini nutcracker right on top.
Up above, the wreath is adorned with a few Christmas gold, red and green balls:
And, what fireplace would be complete without fresh cookies and cold milk waiting for Santa!
I leave you with a nighttime shot, with the mantel all aglow!
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