Saturday, December 01, 2012

Holiday Mantel

All my life I dreamed about hanging my Christmas stocking alongside my husband and my children on the mantel at Christmas time.
For many years it was just me and my wonderful husband's stocking, just hanging there and waiting year after year. Patiently.
But luckily we did have this guy. He waiting patiently with us too. In fact, he was the first Christmas decoration that I bought when we got married.
Then it happened, 2 stockings became 3, then 3 stockings 
became 5. 
Five stockings, hanging side by side in reds and greens. Surrounded by green garland, pine cones and small homemade trees with cute little red birds.
 It was just like they were in my dream but only better.
See, the best part was that I got to the change the name on my stocking to Mommy.
This holiday season is such a reminder for me that the most precious gifts aren't always the ones tucked in a stocking or wrapped in pretty plaid paper and burlap bows and put under the tree.
But the gift of family and love that are above the stockings.

I hope as you prepare for this holiday season, you will find all the many reasons to celebrate and to enjoy your special gifts.

For more of my holiday inspiration around the house click here
Grateful for~
The gift of children

32 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Laura. Oh, what a sweet post and I'm happy you've gotten to hang all the stockings!
Have a lovely weekend and be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Sherry said...

You are absolutely right! A great reminder during this busy time! I love your mantel. So sweet.

Suzy said...

I love your mantle and hearth, Laura. It's so easy to get all wrapped up in the hustle and bustle this time of year that we totally overlook the more important gifts of all! Thank you for the reminder.

Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm said...

Well said Laura! I couldn't wait to put my own kids stockings up too....now, I'm lucky enough to add a grandson's stocking up and that's an awesome feeling as well! (But I'm not changing mine to Gramma!!) Thanks for a lovely reminder!

Keeping it Cozy said...

What a sweet post, Laura, and a lovely mantel that reflects the love of family!

Christi said...

Precious, Laura - thanks for sharing! xo

The Golden Sycamore said...

Love how cozy it feels! So pretty!

Allison

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love your traditional red and green mantel. What a sweet post. You made me tear up.

reFresh reStyle said...

Don't make me cry, you're so sweet and I love a great love story!
Your family is beautiful and I love that you still have your deer :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Debbie

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

Your mantel is beautiful, and that is a lovely post. Nothing on Earth can equal the love, pride, satsifaction, and sheer joy that comes with being a parent!

twelveOeight said...

Amen Laura! Coundn't agree more, thank you for sharing your heart friend, have a wonderful weekend

xoxo, Tanya
twelveOeight

Pat@BPM said...

Beautiful homespun mantel. I love it!!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

How pretty, Laura...and such a great post!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh Laura....you hit it out of the park with this mantel...you could not have said it better...even though my son is grown with his own daughter, I still hang his old "Scooby" stocking in the family room with ours...It is just the two of us now, but on the mantel, we are a family of five!...Love, love your mantel!!!...

Cindy Ritchie said...

So sweet! I love hanging our family stockings every year!

chateau chic said...

Lovely post! Family and children are the best gifts.
Mary Alice

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

What a beautiful and meaningful post, Laura. It's refreshing to see what really matters in this time of decorating frenzy.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh such a precious post. I love your mantel and the stockings are the best part of all. Hugs, Marty

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

Sweet post, Laura -- your mantel is gorgeous and so homey! Enjoy your day~ xo Heidi

Becca said...

Thanks for the tears, Laura! What a wonderful post. I love your holiday mantel ... so sweet that you still have your reindeer, and, my favorite stocking would be the "Mommy" stocking too. Happy Holidays, sweet friend.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Lovely mantel - lovely post! Great reminder that 'Mommy' is a wonderful title to have! Blessings on your Christmas season!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I love the story of the stockings! Memories are what is important and cherished forever.

Happy Holidays! Your mantel is gorgeous!

Christa said...

After fretting over decorations and wearing myself out trying to get things just right, I read this. Instant perpective! Thanks! You are so right.

ImSoVintage said...

What a beautiful post, Laura. Thank you for sharing your sweet story with us.

Hugs,
Laura

Calypso In The Country said...

Love Love Love that mantel and stone fireplace! I have been dying to switch mine to stone! Maybe Santa will leave one when he comes down the chimney! Your stocking story is precious. How wonderful to have a "Mommy" stocking!
-Shelley

Jennifer said...

Beautiful sentiments and a lovely fireplace. It's gorgeous! Visiting from The Lettered Cottage link party. Thanks for sharing! :)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a beautiful post! Your mantel looks beautiful!

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

What a beautiful post, Laura! And your Christmas Mantel looks lovely! Love that little reindeer! Thanks for sharing! :)

Cristina Garay said...

Beautiful post, beautiful mantel! The reindeer and the stockings are lovely!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing w us!

Stacey said...

Well said Laura. I love your post - touching.
Thanks for linking up to the Christmas mantel party - so happy you did!
Stacey of Embracing Change

Dixie n Dottie said...

Love the cozy look of your mantle and decorations! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_12_11_archive.html

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