I'm not sure why, but it took me a really long time to decide how to decorate the mantel this year. I spent probably 2 hours on this, and about 1 hour 45 minutes of that was in fussing with various items! The whole thing really only took about 15 minutes once I decided what to do!
I used a wreath that I had created a couple years ago. It's an inexpensive evergreen wreath, with a string of lights, some gold-highlighted poinsettias, some red berries, some holly, and a few gold-painted pine cones. I added a few lengths of garlands, with some lights in the garland. (Most of the lights in the garland ended up being covered up, but some showed through.
I placed my "vintage" Santa here, and two Santas that were hand-carved by my dad.
I made a simple arrangement of hurricane vases with red pillar candles.
Of course our stocking hangers and stockings on either end, as well as some additional poinsettias and other floral picks. The small Santa and Angel figures are mementoes from my husband's childhood and mine.
I took some extra greenery from the Christmas tree, and stuck them into the iron work on the log holder, then added a faux berry sprig. Easy!
Our finished mantel for 2010.