Since I have been teaching third grade as a long-term sub for the past 16 weeks, I haven’t been able to spend as much time on my home as I would like.
The same is true for Christmas. I just haven’t had the time to get all the Christmas boxes out and put all of the decorations up around the house.
But two things I had to do were… the Christmas tree and the mantle with the boys’ Christmas stockings.
This is what my mantle looked like two years ago at Christmas…
Last year it looked like this…
I loved seeing the boys’ silhouettes above their stockings. For a tutorial of how to make the silhouette tiles, click HERE.
This year, I decided to add some greenery to my mantle.
I bought some fresh greenery from Krogers, but it wasn’t enough to fill up my whole mantle.
So to make it look fuller, I first added a strand of faux greenery with lights on top my mantle.
Then I added the real greenery I had gotten at Krogers and faux poinsettias from Big Lots. (BTW, my friend Heather told me you can get free clippings at Lowe’s where they sell the real Christmas trees. I’m going to do that next time!)
The poinsettias are a deep, velvety red with a little sparkle…lu-huv!
It was already looking beautiful!
Then I added some silvery snowflakes that used to be my mom’s for a little more shimmer and shine. I also added my mercury glass bird that I got at HomeGoods this past summer.
I then added a few mercury glass votives that I made from Goodwill juice glasses. I will share the tutorial of how to make them next week!
All that was left to do was to hang the boys’ stockings that I got on sale at Kohl’s last year. They were only 5 bucks a piece, and they are the perfect Christmas red!
My little mercury glass bird looks a little lonely up there, so I am planning on adding some chunky silver candlesticks to each side to balance it out. Maybe I will get to it before Christmas! :)
I love the jingle bells on the stockings!
I didn’t take a picture at nighttime, but since the fireplace is in our bedroom, we get to sleep to the soft glow of the Christmas lights. Heavenly!
So that is about all the decorating I have had time to do this year! :)
I did put some Christmas dishes in my hutch. I will try to share that next week.
You know what I have learned this year, though?
My boys are as excited about Christmas this year as they were last year when my house was fully decorated! Go figure.
Maybe it’s not about the decorations…
Have a blessed day!