Ok, one thousand might be a bit of an exaggeration, but my camera isn't good enough to capture the essence (yes, essence) of our Christmas mantle so I had to take (and share) way more than necessary. This past weekend was our first big snow and we woke up to this:
View from the back deck
View from the front balcony
We knew our time had come. All the decorations came out and went up. But not before I plugged in all six of our light strands from last year and discovered that every single one had burnt out. I expected one or two, but all six? So off to Walgreens we went to spend a stupid amount of money on lights. Back at the house, nice and warm, we made a pot of Christmas aroma and poured ourselves some egg nog in our Clark Griswold moose mugs to get in the mood. Oh, and we stopped at Scooters for the last time this season (because they are idiots and close for three months in the winter) to pick up a Dandy Candy Cane concrete.
I know, you're probably really, really anxious to get to all those mantle shots so without further adieu, I present our decked halls.
Yes, I realize that this is just the same picture over and over... but this one has a fire going!
And, um, this one I took two steps to the left!
It was basically a matter of shoving silver leafy things into a cheapo garland.
Stockings that I love that were a gift from Amira.
It was meant to be a silver and gold color scheme, but Michael says it only looks silver. Now that I'm looking at these, I hate to admit he may be right.
However, exhibit A is a post card we got in Italy in a gold frame, sitting directly behind one of six gold votives.
Oh look! A gold candle in a gold speckled glass holder thing.
We threw a bunch of nutcrackers on the library shelves. Most of their heads have fallen off so they have become our "out of sight, out of mind" filler decorations. Yes, I'm aware that another option would be to throw them away.