While I decorated the tree Mike worked on the mantel. He started with a fake pine garland. It originally had lights attached but half of them were burnt out. He removed the lights and cut the garland to fit the mantel. Then he arranged some of our various Christmas ornaments and candles. He finished it off with some small gold pics. Then hung the stockings with some removable hooks.
We filled these clear glass vases with small ornaments. Then added a few pics I got on super clearance from Walmart. The candles are another Walmart clearance special.
My dad made the red nutcracker when I was younger. I guess craftiness runs in the family :)
I got this cute berry tree at a garage sale this summer for only $1.
Having our tree and mantel all decorated really helps to put us in mood for Christmas. We're planning to host Christmas dinner with my family. There will be around 13 people coming so it's going to be another big group and we are looking forward to showing off our decorations.