If you have met me for five minutes, you know that I love a challenge.
Especially when it involves friends and mysteries and boxes and mantels and Christmas decorating your mantel.
That’s why I was so excited when my friend Ashley asked me if I wanted to participate in the Mystery Box Challenge. She challenged eight bloggers to find a white elephant gift and wrap it up with Christmas cheer and mail it to one of the bloggers on the list.
Brook from Nesting with Grace sent a box to me.
Are you ready for what my mystery box held?
And what I did with it?
Here’s what was in my box.
And outdoor lights.
(Total mystery box post aside: The box had me at the trees.)
I wanted to add Christmas cheer to the back door.
The door that you always forget because you are so worried about decorating the front door. You add garland to the front door and a wreath and a Christmas mat and greenery until it looks like a magazine.
Except around here no one really uses the front door.
It’s just for show.
We are backdoor people.
And when the backdoor people show up that door? It’s got muddy rainboots and cans of paint and a ladder and empty boxes.
It’s not cute.
So this year I wanted to try something a little different.
I wanted a door that says welcome.
Like this one.
If you come to the back door (which of course you totally would because we are friends) you would now see this.
The boxes are gone.
The paint cans are moved.
The ladder is in the workshop.
Nothing to see here but a plaid blanket and a wreath and ice skates and trees.
Trees that look like this.
Trees with red ornaments and tiny stitched houses and mini signs.
I took a little liberty with the mantel challenge and created an outdoor mantel with this bookshelf.
Instead of stockings?
I hung ice skates and a red pom pom garland.
These are my skates from when I was little.
I hung the wreath that Brooke sent me on the dutch door.
For color, I added a red bow and bells.
And the best part?
I hear the Christmas everytime I open the door.
These urns are from the farmhouse.
Remember them by the mantel?
Now they sit outside the door with these large over-sized spheres.
This metal bucket is galvanized and ready to backdoor Christmas.
Last year I used it inside, but this year I filled it with garland and placed it next to the mantel.
(total mystery box post aside: everything in this post is recycled from last year except the greenery and what Brooke sent me in the box.)
The last thing in the box?
I hung them from the ceiling next to the back door with some other strands of lights that I already had.
I’m so happy with how the back door turned out.
It’s not hanging its head in Christmas shame anymore.
It’s warm and welcoming and Christmasy and ready for guests.
And hot chocolate.
And seasons greetings.
And smiles that welcome you at the door.
And Christmas carols.
And a golden retriever just waiting to say hello.
Merry Christmas every one.
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