Traditional Christmas Mantel

This year I went with the traditional, symmetrical

Christmas mantel.

I had the poinsettia wreath hanging around waiting to be used.

And we have our stockings from Lands End

that were given to us by my sister in-law a few years ago.

I had my topiaries and my go-to black candlesticks

waiting to be used.

All I need is some wood in the fireplace.

(And some new fireplace tools!)

Santa told me he is bringing new ones

 for my husband this year!

Originally, I had other plans to decorate my mantel this year
to continue the look I had going in the fall…

To start, I had planned on hanging a wreath

over the mirror I had leaning up there.

But I got nervous
that the weight of the wreath would pull the mirror forward

and I haven’t had the chance

to use the proper reinforcements to attach the mirror to the wall.

Plus, who knows what kind of crazy

pulling and grabbing of the stockings

will be going on here on

Christmas morning!

Plus, I am getting quite behind on my


card sending



picking outfits for parties


to get caught up in another project!

So, traditional it is for this year!

Did you take the traditional route for your mantel this year?

Linking to:
Between Naps On The Porch – Metamorphosis Monday
Dittle Dattle – Amaze Me Monday
From My Front Porch to Yours – Holiday Mantel Party
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia – Mantel Link Party

Not Just a Housewife – Show Me What Ya Got
Ten June – Christmas Cheer Link Party
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays
Southern Hospitality – Mantel Party
The Stories of A 2 Z – Christmas Mantel Link Party



  1. December 5, 2011 / 8:57 pm

    I love traditional, but I don't really know what mine is considered? Anyhoo, love the topiaries, that is my favorite! Your mantel is very pretty, and I would love to have a real wood burning fireplace. I'm jealous 🙂

  2. Pamela
    December 5, 2011 / 9:05 pm

    I agree with Teresa that a real wood fireplace would be divine! Love your mantle and Thanx for coming over to party! Happy holidays!

  3. michelle
    December 5, 2011 / 9:49 pm

    Hi Shelley! It looks beautiful, I love the wreath! I agree with the weight of the wreath too, I had that happen and it was not pretty.Have a great week, it sounds like you are busy! Hugs!!xoxoxo

  4. Comeca Jones
    December 5, 2011 / 9:49 pm

    I love it !

  5. December 5, 2011 / 10:09 pm

    Traditional and I love it. I'm also a sucker for symmetry! Red always speaks to me at Christmas. I use it every year in some way. Happy holiday season!!

  6. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style
    December 5, 2011 / 10:46 pm

    I love traditional. That is a beautiful wreath.

  7. Heather
    December 6, 2011 / 2:34 am

    I, for one, love traditional! This year I am going for easy too. I remember one year making a huge garland and the whole thing came crashing down….so I think you're smart not to overload things!

  8. White Whimsy
    December 6, 2011 / 4:28 am

    You can never go wrong with a traditional look. Your mantel is beautiful. Love what you have done.

  9. [email protected] at the Crossroads
    December 6, 2011 / 12:59 pm

    I love your traditional mantel display with that gorgeous red wreath! We have similar needlepoint stockings from Land's End that we have had a long time.

  10. DecorandtheDog
    December 6, 2011 / 1:51 pm

    Great job! I really like traditional Christmas decorating!

  11. natasha {schue love}
    December 6, 2011 / 5:52 pm

    The poinsettia wreath and little trees are my favorite details!! Looks great!!

  12. Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing
    December 6, 2011 / 6:53 pm

    Beautiful! I love your stockings, they are so pretty.

  13. Anonymous
    November 29, 2012 / 10:18 pm

    Where did you get the topiaries? I just love them.

    • Calypso In The Country
      November 29, 2012 / 10:36 pm

      I can't even remember! I think I have had the topiaries for about 10 years! Sorry!

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