I really love having a mantel to decorate for the holidays. There’s just something cozy about a fireplace and garland, stockings and ornaments and twinkle lights.
But I’m still learning what works for this space. I think our holiday mantel this year is better than ever.
The “Woodward window” is still displayed, which was created from an original window from our first home. It’s a permanent fixture at our home.
I added the two red berry wreaths from the picture rail for a little balance and height. These were hand-me-downs from my in-laws.
Then, I just added lots of texture with great natural-looking garland (hand-me-down from my in-laws), berries, sparkly ornaments (hand-me-downs from my mom), lanterns, and my mom’s crystal candlesticks filled with peppermint striped candles. The candles were a happy surprise when I opened a Christmas bin. I bought them on super sale after the holidays and forgot about them.
The Christmas memories book has space to record memories and Christmas cards from every year.
Then, there are the stockings. The three big stockings were purchased a few years ago. I was able to get the two little stockings for the pugs that match almost perfectly at Target this year, when one of the past stockings needed to be given to Henry.
Then, I wanted to label the stockings this year. I don’t want Santa to be confused when he’s loading my stocking with goodies and the dogs’ with coal.
But, I wasn’t ready to commit to monogramming. Should it be Ryan and Kim? Or mom and dad? What if I hate the way it looks and want to change it?
So, until I commit, I decided to get crafty and make personalized hang tags. I loved the monogram stockings at Red Envelope and decided to use them as my loose inspiration.
I added the full name cut from black cardstock, which I attached to the letter. Then, I just added a little red yarn. To attach the monogram to the stocking, I gently stitched the card to the knitted stocking. It won’t be difficult to remove if I change my mind. I like how the new monograms turned out. And if I change my mind next year, it’ll be a snap to change.