It was an instant decision. Boy #3 (19 months old) had yanked a weighted stocking hanger almost onto his noggin for the eleventy-billionth time, and i was OVER it. i made a sketch in 30 seconds and showed it to my husband. Wood and hooks were purchased. The next day, i hung our family stockings on this.
It’s gonna be a concussion-free zone for all Christmases present and future, my friends. Why on earth didn’t we make this darned thing sooner?
i guess maybe i resisted.
When i was a kid, i’m pretty sure each of us kids used the very same tack hole every single Christmas to hang our stocking on the wood mantle. i guess the holes just stayed there all year and we didn’t notice them? Had to be….i probably figured i’d do it the same way someday.
Fast forward to when we moved into this house. Hubs and i started down a very loooooong road of major projects. (for reference, we are about 6.5 years in now and there is no end in sight!) But one of those first projects in the early days was building a fireplace surround. My husband built it, i tiled around our fireplace with a whole lot white, clear, milk glass and irridescent pebbles we had used in our wedding centerpieces. The nostalgia! Then we spent a mint on a beveled glass mirror to fit perfectly in the space above the mantle. i only tell you this to sort of explain why i resisted the tack holes in the mantle once we started putting up stockings. It was so much work! i struggled to poke holes in it!
Each year i’ve gone back and forth. i don’t want to be too precious about “things.” i think the tack holes are sort of sweet and homey. But i still didn’t do it. We’ve been getting by with those weighted mantle hooks that work ok for empty stockings, not so much full ones. But this year, we hit the threshhold for their usefulness. 3 boys in the house is the threshhold. Yes. But the littlest dude just lost one of his favorite holiday party games – “Get a goose egg on my head for Christmas.” Sorry kid, you’ll have to angle for Santa-Sympathy points some other way.
This mantle topper is not pull-down-able. And…….no holes : )