Our 2010 Christmas Mantel.
Complete with matching stockings hung by the fire with care...
I had these made the year John-Heath was born. They are made with the same materials but are not identical. This one is mine.
Ren's is adorned with a little jewel.
John-Heath's has a little braiding.
But each is expecting miracles (this one happens to be John's).
...and 3 brave nutcrackers keeping an eye on the place.
These "crackernuts", as John-Heath calls them, are no longer so well equipped. A certain aforementioned child has long stripped them of their swords.
Shiny red balls add a splash of color and match the ones in the vase.
Father Christmas is flanked by two antique glass candleholders.
These were owned by John's grandmother, Nannie, who kept red candles in them (if I remember correctly).
And, one last time, a full shot.