This is our center piece, made by my mom, and I love it because it's simple and the colors are pretty. I like birch trees.
How cool is this? This was made by the late Gary Wurdell; he was my boss for 6 years and passed away about 10 years ago. He was a very talented craftsman and he made this for me for Christmas one year while I was working for him. He cut it out on a band saw, can you imagine? It is truly one of my favorite things.
Here's our fireplace mantle all decorated for the Holidays. I love the mantle decorations; the colors are so pretty and it looks so homey. Also, my stocking (I'm Nancy) is the BIGGEST.
Here's close up of a couple of the ornaments hanging from the garland on the mantle. These are precious to me because they belonged to my Grandpa - Papa Olaf. I was lucky enough to get his box of ornaments and I love hanging them here rather than on our tree because they are easier to see. I also have some in a basket in the kitchen.
Speaking of a tree, that's still left to do. We always have a real tree, no taking it out of the box for us! However, that means that we like to wait a bit longer with the hope that when Christmas is over there might still be a needle or two left on the tree rather than on the carpet. I do enjoy decorating the tree and love having it lit in the evenings, even though there is a chance the whole thing could go up in flames leaving us homeless. That would certainly take care of all the decorations I'm tired of, wouldn't it??