My Christmas Mantel
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I really enjoyed decorating for Christmas this year! The day after Thanksgiving, Justin took the boys for the morning and left me alone in the house with a freshly cut Christmas tree and 7 boxes of Christmas decorations.
My mom helped me decorate my porch while she was here over Thanksgiving, and my sister helped me set up my Village in the command center, but other than that the main indoor decorations were left to me.
I feel like I kept it somewhat simple this year. The house feels really festive, but I don’t feel like I overdid it, or created too much visual clutter. It should shock nobody that I like to keep Christmas pretty simple around my house, and I actually didn’t even utilize about 3 boxes of random decor I’ve collected over the years.
A Christmas surprise, though, was discovering the bottle brush trees I bought from Anthropologie on sale LAST year after Christmas. I had completely forgot that I bought them! Naturally I had to display them in the most prominent location, so up on the mantel they went.
As of this very moment the tree is just lit and I have all the ornaments sitting in a box next to it. I can’t seem to find the will to put the ornaments on it. In fact, I may just skip it this year! Justin nor the kids mind, and I have a little kid-friendly set up in the playroom for the boys to look at!
The tree is still a statement though with it’s pretty IKEA star on top! These stars are intended to hang from a ceiling like a pendant, but I just stick it onto the top of my tree after jamming lights in it, and it’s a pretty little topper!
Have you decorated for Christmas? We bought a WEMO so we could control the tree with our phones, which is pretty fun. You can also set up a timer on it as well.