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This is the best type of open house. The camera doesn't show the dust and clutter. I can just shove the mess out of the way, take the picture, and fool everyone into thinking that my house always looks this nice.
I decided to perk up the mantle this year. I hit the backyard and brought in pine boughs, rosemary, holly, and mountain laurel. I tucked them into the fake garland, added some berries, and a few dried hydrangea blooms. I made the stockings several years ago.
I haven't set up the Christmas village in years. I dug out the box and went to work. It needs a few more trees. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for some good bargains.