Well, the mantle is nearly done! I am so pleased with how it looks! The photo doesn't do it justice... it was taken with the cellphone.
We also put away out Autumn and Thanksgiving books today and swapped them out for our Christmas books and some of our Winter ones. I think that we are missing a few, but I suspect that they are boxed away with the Christmas decorations. We'll find out in a few weeks when those are unearthed from the basement.