Since our mantle is pretty shallow, which makes it hard to decorate, I kept things simple. I started with some pre-lit garland and added some clippings from a holly bush and an evergreen tree.
For height, I added some moss balls on top of some silver candlesticks.
(As you can see, the stockings don't come out until Christmas Eve. Too many little hands pulling them down. . . )
Other small holiday touches. . . .
I used more of the word ornaments (that I blogged about here) on our dining table, and big plastic snowflakes that I found at the dollar store.
I gave my kids free reign over the tree decorating. When I didn't get all of the ornaments out as soon as they wanted them, they got construction paper and scissors and made their own. I kind of love it.
Want more Christmas decorating ideas? Check out my latest post on the Wow! Goodwill blog to see how you can use flannel shirts to make ornaments, garland, and more. . . .