Let’s get into that in a big way in a moment. But first…
This post is part of a MASSIVE Christmas blog hop, hosted by Hometalk.com (find my work on HT HERE) and CountryLiving.com where home and garden bloggers from all over are sharing their brand new Christmas decorating ideas!
The big, beautiful HUGE blog hop is located at the bottom of this post. I truly hope you pay them a visit and generously share their projects!
But first up, here’s mine… with a story.
One blustery day, Santa (me…) was gravely concerned. The wind was howling through his forest. He was in the middle of a
blog post very large toy order without a battery backup plan. So he quickly hit save, and went in search of the candles, just in case.
Then in the blink of a reindeer eye, the lights went out.
Grabbing his coat, he head outdoors to check on the safety of the
roof reindeer. Banging and clattering surrounded him… it was a dangerous time to be outdoors. Ensuring the herd was secured and safe, he head indoors, when he heard a massive CRACK.
A gorgeous blue spruce gave way to the great storm, and tumbled down, splintering into many pieces.
Santa’s first thought was that this was a terrible tragedy… and reasoned, he’d pay tribute in some way to his beloved tree the moment it was safe to do so.
The next day, the winds lifted. Santa summoned the elves to bundle up good and warm, grab their clippers and head towards the tree. For they would use the greens to decorate the North Pole Square for the entire neighbourhood!
Unfortunately, by the time they made it out to the great tree fall, most of it was gone! Where in the world…
Ah… yes.. the
city crew North Pole gardeners had no reason to speculate Santa’s big plans. He just wasn’t quick enough. Drat.
He walked over to where the tree had fallen… when he noted the gardners were not quite as diligent as they intended.
Heart leaping with renewed hope, Santa and the crew gathered up the remnants, and made their way into the North Pole square to do what they could.
As the branches were hung, and bright red ribbons strung, new wonders of Christmas transpired that very day. The surviving tree branches brought in the spirit of renewed hope and triumph over troubled times, making
coffee egg nog out of coffee beans eggs.
Christmas shall transpire!
And then the snow began to fall.
And much like we leave out milk and cookies for Santa, he left a coffee for me. ME! Funky Junk Donna me! With real cream!
So touched… so touched. How did he know?
Right… Santa always knows.
“Gather around my friends, the winds may be blustery, but
my coffee is getting cold the fire is cozy… let’s enjoy the fruits of our labour, in grand Christmas style and celebrate our efforts with a picnic by the campfire!”
Santa propped up his sleigh into a nearby snowdrift, and… broke coke. 🙂
Plenty of firewood kept the flames dancing at their highest, for many hours into the evening.
And thank goodness, the wifi did eventually return…
…even though it was the next day.
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Truth be told, I created the fireplace around the Sleigh Rides sign. Once the theme was set, the appropriate props were simply set into place. The evergreen branches were placed inside a bucket of water hidden in the milk pail.
When I showed the mantel to Miriam of Hometalk, she immediately felt it looked like Santa’s Campfire… hence… the story grew a little more wild by the minute. 😉
But I do revolve a story around theme decorating for certain. Learn how I do it on a Periscope broadcast HERE!
Thanks for your visit! And may every fallen tree in your life turn into days of wondrous joy for you and yours this holiday season!
Plus… we have wifi!
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Fireplace – tutorial HERE.
All other finds are thrifted.
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Here’s a couple of other Christmas mantels you may also enjoy… Deer head and forest mantel
and a how to on the Sleigh Rides sign HERE. (made with Funky Junk’s Old Sign Stencils) And now…. feast your eyes on all these amazing brand new Christmas projects! Watch for #homeforchristmas – click on various social medias to capture them all! Enjoy! Note: All links will be added by Monday AM, so please visit again to see them all!