My Christmas Mantel and a Secret Santa Update

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I absolutely love the holidays!  The season of giving just feels good - do you agree?  I love it when the delivery trucks pull up and deliver the packages that are thoughtfully chosen for loved ones and are then carefully wrapped and placed under the tree.  This year I was asked to play a little game of Secret Santa by the folks at Kirkland's.  So I was able to spread even more gift giving love around.

Before I share the recipients of the Secret Santa gifts, I want to show you what Kirkland's gave me for participating.  They were generous and let me choose something for my own home.  With Christmas decor in mind, I chose the pre-lit pine branches.  

I was really excited to try something different on the mantel this year.  I love the extra sparkle and lights!

I brought in branches from the cypress trees in our yard and scattered them around the candlesticks.  Then I added the pre-lit branches.  By the way, they are battery operated and flip on with a simple switch - cord free!

I wanted to bring in more color so I filled these vintage Italian pots that I scored at a tag sale with hollies from the yard.

I really like they play they play well with the pillows on our sofa.

Thanks so much to Kirkland's for the fun and festive gift!  I love it!

Now for the fun part...

As mentioned before, I was asked to play Secret Santa and send gifts to three of my blogging friends.  Giving gifts to Emily, Courtney, and Cassie was such a blast!  Those girls are so sweet to me and talk about style mavens.  Sheesh!  Anyway, I've been stalking paying close attention to what my friends are saying and I'm pretty sure they are happy with their surprises.  Here are some pictures, but please click on the links to read more.  There is much, much more in their posts.

As the saying goes...'tis better to give than to receive.  What a treat it was being Secret Santa.  Thanks again to Kirkland's and thank you to Emily, Courtney, and Cassie for playing along!


  1. I love the cookies and cocoa party.
    Looks very inviting and fun.

    Merry Christmas!


  2. your mantle is beautiful- perfectly done and perfectly you! and secret santas are always fun!

  3. Oh, you were sneaky and GOOD, I saw their posts, what a great job you did choosing the perfect gift for each of them.

    I'm so attracted to simple decor this year, yours on the mantel is beautiful!

  4. You might be the best gift giver ever! :) Your mantel--and living room--look so pretty for Christmas. Those lighted branches are a good idea. Thanks again for thinking of me.

  5. I love the beauty and simplicity of your mantle. The yellow pitchers with the berries is a gorgeous and happy Christmas touch! Sounds like you really had fun playing the part of Secret Santa!!!

  6. Your mantle is perfect, so simple and festive! Love the prelit branches and from what I can see, you picked the right goodie for each of the girls!

  7. Beautiful Rene! I love the unexpected touch of yellow. Have a Merry Christmas!

  8. The branches are just gorgeous. LOVE Kirklands! You did a wonderful job decorating your mantel. We too have a tv over ours, and I love to see how other people decorate theirs with the limited height.

  9. Your home looks divine! Happy holidays to you and your family Rene! Janell

  10. I just love your mantel. That whole room looks amazing. And such pretty photos. Thank you so much for my gift. So much fun to be a part of!

  11. Your mantel looks great - those lighted branches are beautiful! And on a non-Christmas note, I love the basket stuffed with blankets and pillows in front of the fire place :)

  12. Your mantel looks gorgeous!! I'd love to get one of those battery operated garlands! Hmm.......wonder if they still have those?!

  13. Your mantel is stunning in it's simplicity!

  14. How fun! Rene, I love your mantel styling. So simple and pretty!


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