Here's a few kinda crummy iPhone pictures of what I've done so far. More pictures to come as I finish decorating! (I really should invest in a somewhat nicer camera....)
I really love the mantel! I will admit to borrowing the "JOY" with the wreath as an O from Pinterest. I saw a mantel that said "Noel" with a wreath O that was just adorable, so I modified it.
The mirror, letters and "O" wreath, and ornaments in the candle holder are from Hobby Lobby, candle holders (the gold little ones and big glass one), and stick light things are from Target, vase is from Kroger (yep.), star garland from Ten Thousand Villages, and snowflakes from Pier 1.
This is my special nativity scene. My parents brought it in Bethlehem, Israel, as a gift for me. Each little figure is carved from olive wood. How cool is that? I love that there's a palm tree. Not generally what one thinks of for Christmas, but much more likely around when Jesus was born!
We are going to get our tree in the next week or so. We decided to get a live tree with a root ball so we can plant it later. It will be fun to watch the trees grow over the years! Root balls are very heavy, so it probably won't be as big as a traditional tree, but I think it's just a fun idea.