Fab Five Fridays: Christmas Mantels

I figured it was time to start a new series! I love the Tumblr feeds that do the "Friday Fives," so I figured I would do my own iteration. There are so many things I'm passionate about and so many things I need help deciding, especially now that we have a home of our own, so sharing five pretty images in a certain category every week or every couple weeks is right up my alley. (Whew! Run-on sentence much??) This week, Nathan and I are trying to decide how we want to decorate our mantel for Christmas. This is our first time decorating our house for Christmas, so we've got to make it good! :) Here are some options that I like, and I'm OK taking pieces/inspiration from each of them. What strikes your fancy??

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