Getting Ready for Christmas

Every year it seems that Christmas comes sooner and sooner, this year being no exception. Between reading blog posts and seeing decorations around town my anxiousness has been brewing for some time and I think today it finally came full circle. I can’t wait to put our Christmas decorations up and this weekend I  plan on going down in the basement and pulling out our  decorations to take inventory of what we have and what we need.

My first project that I’ve been thinking about is our mantle. The fireplace in this house is far more substantial than our old house and I have visions of a well lit mantle with a fire going on the inside with the lights off and us enjoying Christmas movies. I headed to Pinterest to get an idea of how I want the mantle to look and I came up with these inspiration photos.

Christmas mantle 1

Christmas mantle 2

Wish me luck. I’ll be looking for items this weekend to make sure this project is ready to go live on Thanksgiving evening. You’ll see what I come up with the day after.

Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?

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  1. I haven’t yet, but I picked up some new things, and I’m planning to make a fancy wreath! I would probably do it all this weekend if I didn’t have school work to do, but I’ll probably get the wreath made and put up!
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  2. We already started here. Last week the kids help decorate their “classroom” and we’re getting the house together this weekend. Yea I know it’s early but we’re going to be super busy the next couple of weeks and won’t have time.

    I can’t wait to see what you came up with– I’m loving the second mantel!
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  3. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. We did the outside once …..never again because who got time for taking that down. We want to do our tree in a different color and possible get a real tree this year still undecided.
    Kita recently posted..Zaza…the second mama

  4. Both areas are beautiful. I’m slowly trying to prepare my apartment for the holidays. Unfortunately, my living room doesn’t have much character so it’s kind of hard to decorate other than with a Christmas tree. Boo! Although it’ll be a bit more challenging, I’ll figure something out.

    Can’t wait to see your progress!
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  5. I haven’t started decorating for Christmas yet. I told myself that this year I would have our Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving. However, due to the lack of space in our home, I’m just going to wait until a day after Thanksgiving like I usually do.

  6. I miss having a mantle and a fireplace. What screams Christmas more than a nice fire going on with a some stockings hanging off to the side and little garland and candles spread across the top of the mantle?! Can’t wait to see what you come with.
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