173's First Christmas Mantel! (Maybe)
Like probably most of us, I love Christmas! So much so that 2 of my top 5 favorite movies are It's a Wonderful Life, and The Bishop's Wife. One thing I've always wanted was a fireplace, and a great mantel to go with it, one that could be dressed up for Christmas...you know - another attempt to create an atmosphere that conjures those Christmases of my idyllic youth. Watching Bing Crosby and Andy Williams Christmas specials, and all those old movies always had a fireplace. That's part of the reason I was pushing to get as much done with the project as I could before the holidays. And it worked!
This is quite possibly the first Christmas mantel here at 173! I say possibly because there is some evidence that there may have been some form of fireplace here in what appears to be the 1940s or '50s:
the pipe that runs up the wall.
So here we are in 2017, and this much I can say with absolute certainty - 173 has my very first Christmas mantel! A couple days before Christmas, I finished enough of the project to stop and put some things on the mantel.
There you have it - a peek at the Christmas mantel! Happy New Year everyone!