plus a one 2 year old who served as the official 'mini elf'.
And if that isn't enough to make someone feel jolly- well imagine what happened when those same little elves saw Santa land in a helicopter on their school playground!
Yes, I had a smile on my face all day. I actually still do :)
So continuing in that happy spirit of Christmas, today I want to show you my Christmas mantle. This year I really wanted to incorporate more greens into my decor. When I lived in South Louisiana, the school where I taught sold fresh Christmas greens as a fundraiser each December. They were beautiful, fragrant and so rich in color. I knew that was the direction I wanted to go this year.
I ended up using 'fake' greens (to match my fake tree- ha!) because they are economical and can be re-used. I found a large wreath at Hobby Lobby, half-off of course. Then I added different textures and types of greens, feathers, sticks, bits of holly, and some ribbon.
I made these stockings for the girls last year out of burlap and buttons. Now that I look at them, I can see a similarity between the ruffles on top and the lamp shades I made for our bedroom.
The other details of my mantle come from odds and ends around the house. A nutcracker from my Christmas collection, silver from the dining room, a glittery star ornament, bead garland, old family books, and a small green plant in a galvanized pot. I like the white details against my dark painted fireplace and the green wreath really makes it 'feel like' Christmas to me.
Until then, I hope you are having an 'elf-tastic' time getting ready for Christmas !
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