Christmas Mantel

by Chris on December 21, 2011

I just wanted to talk about this year’s mantel. Not a big deal, right? Take a couple of quick shots, say a few witty comments, sign off. Throw in a 140-pound dog, a couple of crazy kids, and a decoration that literally disintegrates in front of your eyes, and you’ve got a JaG post.

Okay….I guess I did get a picture of the mantel. No garland this year. Call me crazy. Who knows why I wasn’t in the mood for it. I’ve had this wreath for several years, and it needed to make a reappearance. I added some beads here and there for a touch of pizzazz (say that with jazz hands, please).

evergreen mantel

And here’s where it all fell apart—literally. I remembered these birch trees I had on hand, so I brought ‘em up. Notice anything? As I set small tree down, it basically evaporated before my eyes. We’re talking “National Lampoon’s Christmas turkey” evaporated here.

Christms mantel

With panic in your voice, you’re asking, “What did you do??” I picked up all the fallen pieces, and I continued taking pictures. That’s. how. I. do.

Christmas living

So there you have it. A strategically placed camera so you can’t see my dog (who would NOT move for my shoot) and my crazy kids wrestling on the couch behind the tree. As for the disintegrated tree? If you squint your eyes and look at the top right corner of the picture, you’ll never even notice it.



cassie December 21, 2011 at 8:54 am

it looks so beautiful!!!!! and i am glad you are keeping it real.
i definitely have a couple shots on my blog with a dog nose or butt sneaking in. ;)

Chris December 21, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Gosh, me too Cassie! How is that a dog’s butt can get into so many pictures? :)

Brittny Hemphill December 21, 2011 at 9:22 am

I love it!!! I saw a wreath very similar to that one in a store yesterday, but am forcing myself to wait until the day after Christmas to see if it’s on sale. They had 3 or 4 and it’s already the 21st, so surely they won’t all disappear, right??? I hope not! Like I said before, I love how you decorate and wish I had a fraction of your talent. I also decided to wrap my tree in burlap this year and am loving it! I cut the strips narrow in case it was too much, but I’m wishing I’d cut them thicker. I sewed them together with little buttons too. I love it! And your comments about the dog and the kids is hilarious! I took a meal to a friend yesterday and she asked if we wanted to come in. I told her the kids were threatened to not make another sound because they were fighting too much and so they have to sit in the car. Too funny!!! Hope you have a merry Christmas!

Chris December 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Ha! I love everything you just said, Brittny. A friend of mine once said, “I never hear you yell at your kids.” I told her that what she didn’t know was that the kids know the quieter I get, the more angry I am. If I pull them in real close to talk to them, they know they’re near death. ;) Happy Holidays and go get that wreath!

dayle December 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm

That’s a great shot, nevertheless. :)

Tami December 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Lovely Christmas tree and mantel! Love it!

melinda December 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Looks lovely but it is always fun to see others “bloopers “too.
After all we are only human–right?


Ann December 22, 2011 at 10:37 am

Love your decor!! and the dog! ;)

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog December 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm

But seriously, what fun is the pic without the sleeping dog? ;) Beautiful mantel and tree, and dog, and I’m sure kids. Happy Holidays!!!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

Reenie December 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I love the pic with your dog in it. He looks cozy and warm like your home. Gotta love our pets.

Merry Christmas!

Melody of December 23, 2011 at 11:22 am

Hilarious. Love. it. I can’t even begin to tell you how many things I had like that decorating this year! At least we can laugh about it!

Sarah Yoder December 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm

This post cracked me up!
Merry Christmas from your newest follower!

Lauren December 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Ok I have to admit even after reading the post I still had to look at the pictures for a good five minutes to figure out WHAT you were talking about. I was even muttering, “birch trees? What? What evaporated??” So uh, I didn’t see anything wrong. I think the whole thing looks fabulous and quite honestly I love the pic with the dog in it :) Looks great!

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