We were late in the game when it came to decorating for the holidays this year! I meant to do it right after Thanksgiving, but as usual life got in the way! I decided to go simple this time around and used mainly red, gold and green for our decor palette. The majority of what you see here was bought at our local Michaels store, with 25% off my whole purchase (I do love a bargain!) I may, or may not, have made multiple trips to use that coupon! Haha! I am not one for having too many ornaments on our 7ft tree and a few of them the kids made in school, and some have been given to us as gifts. Every year the kids help put the ornaments on the tree, and this year was no different. They both have their own way of decorating the tree – usually there will be ornaments at 3ft and below (courtesy of my 10 year old and the rest are 5ft and above (from my 16 year old) Apparently, the tree isn’t complete without candy, they finish the tree off by adorning it with their candy canes! For the mantle, I continued with the color theme and went with a couple of staggered candle holders, a nutcracker and a cute “Merry and Bright” sign. I finished it off with a cute star star-shaped “Believe” sign and a “Noel” in the center of the mantle. The kid’s have had their stockings for years, but mine and my husband’s were changed out this year to match the plaid tree skirt! They are simply hung on, believe it, or not, command hooks! Yep! As for the fireplace, I decided to keep it cozy with a couple of lanterns, a “Peace” angel, and a holiday basket filled with a lighted garland, an assortment of pine cones and decorative berries (put together by yours truly!) There you have it – that’s basically it! Very simple and easy to put together, and that’s just the way we like it!