My collection of Christmas tins and two lighted houses on the mantel has put me in a holiday mood. All the careful unpacking was worth it when I finished arranging the tin containers (many decorated as buildings) and turned on the lights in the two buildings (one for the first time). Even without the tree up, the room immediately became a little more cheerful. With my wallpapering project on hold, temporary decorations are a nice disguise. Another bonus: opening boxes of ornaments and rearranging furniture inspires me to organize my other supplies and start a donation box.