Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Mantel

I finally finished my Christmas Mantel a few days ago. I was waiting on a lighted wreath  to arrive and had to make one more burlap stocking since I only made 3 stockings last year. Our oldest is coming for Christmas, so one more was needed.
This year I decided to cover up the cavernous niche. At first I had Mr. Fanatic lean the burlap covered board up against the wall on the outside of the niche (it used to be in the very back of the niche), but there was very little room for the decorations and wouldn't stand up when the wreath was put on. So, Mr. F had the brilliant idea of putting the board just inside the niche.
It worked perfectly.
 The wreath is hung with an over the door wreath hanger and the cord for the lights on the wreath is tucked behind the hanger.
Mr. F also had the brilliant idea of plugging the wreath into the light in the niche(using an adapter of some sort), so that we are able to turn the wreath lights on with the wall switch.
Love it!
See the printed card?
 Several of these cards have  Old Testament prophecies concerning Jesus' birth and  Luke Chapter 2 is on the rest of them. It used to be one of our Christimas traditions to read them before dinner (back when we had 12 -15 for Christmas dinner). Everyone at the table received a card at their place setting and we would each read our card, going around the table.
We don't have enough people at our Christmas table or we are at someone else's house, so this year I decided to place some of the cards in the Christmas vignettes around the house.

This is one of my favorite Christmas verses.

Today I'll be working on decorating the live Christmas tree in our Family Room. Don't know about you, but we had to go to 3 different places to find a good tree.
So glad we found one.
How are you doing on your Christmas preps?


  1. That looks great, Pamela. Great idea putting the burlap board in the niche.

  2. Your decorations look so pretty against the new wall color Pam!

  3. How beautiful! I'm glad you got the stocking done in time. ;) How clever that you can't see the cord or outlet for the wreath and you can use the wall switch! LOVE!

  4. Your fireplace setting looks gorgeous! I love the niche, too! That was so smart!

  5. Pam your mantel is absolutely gorgeous this year as are your photos. Nicely done my friend!

  6. Oh so pretty. I love the lighted wreath, and the niche looks perfect. The burlap stockings are so perfect. Hugs, Marty

  7. Pam your mantel looks beautiful! What a nice tradition with the cards. I like how your displaying through your vignettes.
    We cut our own tree down last week and boy is it drinking a lot! Can't wait to see yours all decorated!

  8. Your mantel is beautiful, Pam. I love that you are placing the cards here and there.

  9. Your mantel looks amazing, Pam! I love the cushion on the chair in front of the fireplace. I'm sure your tree is going to be gorgeous!

  10. Hi Pam! Oh, my! Your mantel is just gorgeous! That was so smart of your mister to figure out where to put the board and the wreath looks so beautiful. I love the scripture cards too. Just a beautiful sight to behold.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  11. Love the look of the whites with the burlap and touches of green. Festive and so pretty!

  12. This is gorgeous! I adore those burlap stockings!

  13. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! You have done an amazing job Pam :)

  14. Love the look, just beautiful I love the burlap!!


  15. Hi Pam! I love your mantel especially the burlap stockings.

    I'm having a FACEBOOK social hop. I'd love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your facebook.

    Have a crazy beautiful week!

  16. Pam that insert on the fireplace looks really great! Kudos for hubby for getting the wreath electrified!
    The cards are a great idea and you can use them year after year if you want which is great!

  17. Hi Pam-
    So many wonderful special touches! Thanks for sharing at the party, featuring a little later today. merry Christmas if I don't make my way around again.

  18. Where can I order those stockings??? look forward to hearing back from you! ~tracie


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