Before I share my merry mantel, I have a little story about a six year old's brutal honest. We were at the dinner table yesterday when my six year old son commented that I have a stomach just like Santa's. It kind of came from no where. When I tried to explain to him about being more delicate with what he says, he then, adamantly, states "well mom your belly is just chubby." I guess I know what my New Year's resolution is going to be. My son did stop there. When we were practicing a Christmas song for his program, he told me in the middle of singing that his teacher has a much better singing voice. As I said "that's nice," he proceeds to say "no, really mom, it's a lot better than yours." Kids! You gotta love them.
Hope that gave you a good laugh. Anyways, on to my merry mantel. This year I kept it pretty simple. Just some garland, stockings, 2 candles and one sign.
Here is a closer look:
I got this sled at the auction for about 7 bucks. The ice skates were $1 find at the Salvation Army.
The best part about the mantel, today at least, is our little Elf on the Shelve, Jango. I don't know why I didn't get this sooner. My 3 year old keeps telling the elf "sorry, please don't tell Santa." How I'm going to miss this little guy when Christmas is done.
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