Christmas Mantel & Tree {Holiday 2012}

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for ~
I’m sharing my Christmas mantel today!!!
Stockings on a fireplace and Christmas tree
Like the rest of my Christmas decor, it’s simple and minimal, a little bit rustic, with a tiny bit of glam.
Christmas tree next to fireplace with stockings
Like I shared in my “Christmas Traditions” post, my kids decorated the tree all on their own for the most part. The higher placed ornaments are the ones they asked me to place. It may not look “perfect” but they love looking at “their” tree!
I want my home to look like children actually do live there! 🙂

We usually only have one tree in our home, but this year I put one up in the kitchen too! (I’ll share that little cutie later in the week).The lovely Carolyn from Sweet Tea & Linen made my gorgeous new tree skirt.

Christmas tree next to fireplace with stockings
I lucked out when I found the off-white chunky cable knit stockings at Target just the other day. I was lamenting that I didn’t like my red ones with this mantel but couldn’t bring myself to spend $39.50 per stocking on the Pottery Barn ones.
These were only $13 at Target!
A close up of Christmas stockings
I splurged on the monogram tags a few years ago at Pottery Barn. They were on clearance for $1.99 a piece.
A close up of Christmas stockings
The beautiful wine crate was a steal at Country Roads. It’s perfectly weathered, and I love the German text on the front (translated: “Wine from Germany”).
Christmas stockings on fireplace
We keep a couple of our favorite Christmas books close by.
My industrial style film reel wreath was a hit with some…not so much with others. But hey, my style isn’t for everybody, and I’m ok with that.
Garland with pinecones on fireplace
Close up of garland on fireplace

For the mantel greens, I just picked up some new faux branches from Michaels, and tucked in a few old ones from Ikea.

Garland on fireplace
A few pinecones, some curly willow branches and some glitzy snowflake ornaments (also Pottery Barn clearance) round out the simple mantel decor.
Gold Christmas star on top of tree

The star atop the tree is also from Pottery Barn.

Christmas tree next to fireplace with stockings
I love the warm glow of the Christmas lights at night. So cozy.
Later this week I will be sharing a little bit about the Christmas party I hosted last weekend, and I’m hoping to finish putting together my house tour!
For more 2012 holiday posts, click here.
Have a great week everyone!
The Lettered Cottage

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Simple and stunning Kristin! I love your those stockings. And your tree looks perfect to me. My 6 year old daughter decorated our entire tree this year. I haven’t moved one ornament. Happy Holidays!! =)

    ~ Catie

  2. Looking so pretty Kristin. I agree, when you have kids, they need to have a “real” tree 🙂 Its very festive and the new stocking are super cute!

  3. It all looks just beautiful Kristen! Those stockings are darling and I love that you added the little tags. Your mantel is gorgeous and all of the other details too. Well done girlie! 🙂

  4. Everything looks great Kristen! I still love that you let the kids decorate the tree. That’s a good Mom! And I’m also loving the wine crate from Country Roads. But then again, I’m a bit prejudiced. I’ve still got my grown kids Christmas stockings that my Mom made for them, in addition to two I purchased, one for my son-in-law, and the other from my daughter-in-law. And every time I have a grandbaby, I order them a stocking. My mantle won’t hold them all anymore, I think we have ten stockings now ;0)

    Happy Holidays. . .

  5. I love that you allowed the kids to decorate your tree. I wish I had not been such a perfectionist when my kids were younger. Your home looks very warm and welcoming…Love that! Blessings!

  6. One year I let my kids put all the ornaments wherever they wanted. The ornaments were all clumped together. I left it. I loved that tree. Even if nothing was hung above four feet. Except for angel, and lights. Of all my trees, this is the one I remember the most.

  7. I always love a kid-friendly tree filled with family treasures. It may not look as coordinated as a “designer” tree, but it is filled with meaning. The white stockings will be so versatile. If your decor changes, you can just add a little something to them to change the look. Love your taste!

  8. It’s very cozy!
    I for one, love the movie reel.
    Can I have it after Christmas is over 😉 ?
    I love that you’re letting the kids be kids!
    You’re a great mom!

  9. Love it! I also am not feeling my red Christmas stockings this year. Had hoped to make some, but . . . not yet. Maybe I’ll have to hit up Target for some chunky white ones–so cute!