It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Since I shared some of my Thanksgiving decorations, I thought I would share some of my Christmas decorations with you too.  I’m just going to share my mantle, which holds some of my favorite decorations, both old and new.

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My oldest decorations on the mantle are the Coca-Cola bottles that I collected between college and when I got married.  My dad’s side of the family lives in Atlanta, the home of Coca-Cola, so it’s a reminder of my roots.  Plus, the company makes adorable bottles for Christmas.

The puppet is our fifth anniversary gift (which is wood) from Italy.  I bought it while we were in Rome.  It’s usually on the mantle all year, but it’s red and green, so I thought it could stay up for Christmas.

The candle, I made this year with my mom at Thanksgiving.  It is made from sheet music from an old, falling apart music book that used to belong to my great grandmother.  I’m so glad we could re-purpose the music sheets in such a beautiful way.

The countdown is the newest decoration to my collection.  We got it on sale at Michael’s this year.  I’ve always wanted a countdown of some kind for Christmas, so I was pretty excited when we found a cute one for such a good deal.

The stockings that are hung by the ‘chimney’ with care (okay, by the gas log fireplace with a small flue) are from Hobby Lobby.  I am a huge fan of plaid, especially at Christmas.  And I love the matching dog stockings as well!

How do you decorate for Christmas?  Do you put out the same decorations every year, or does it depend on travel, hosting, or busyness in general?

Do you have any special decorations?

 

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