Some of these pics are from before I moves the stockings to a new place.
I have a bunch of my grandmother’s old Christmas cards from as long ago as the late 1930’s, so I put a couple of those in frames on the shelf. I had real cedar garland last year, which I loved, but I don’t think “real” greenery is my thing. I think you’re supposed to keep that stuff watered (somehow) so mine got SUPER dried out very quick, and for fear of it being a fire hazard I took it down before Christmas even arrived. It made a huge mess and was a pain to get in garbage bags. I left a trail of browned greenery all the way down the hall and in the elevator!
SO this year I just bought cheap garland at michael’s – $6 for 18 feet…bought two strands and doubled them up with a 100-light strand over the sliding door, and took one 18 foot strand and folded it in half and wound it with lights for the 6 ft. shelf. Much easier, cheap, and I can reuse them. It doesn’t look quote as pretty as the cedar garland looked when I first hung it, but it’ll do.
I also made some name tags. I found the “Let There Be Peace on Earth” free downloadable name tags here, and then made the National Lampoon Christmas vacation ones myself. That is my favorite movie, so I wanted some funny ones, too 🙂