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

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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!

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