Step 1: Tell boyfriend you would like mantle on your fireplace to hang Christmas stockings from in November
Step 2: Strategically balance heavy Christmas stocking holder on already existing small fireplace ledge while decorating for the season.
Step 3: Try to catch heavy Christmas stocking holder as it falls to the ground, miss the catch, and take note of the small dent caused in beautiful wood floors.
Step 4: Reiterate to boyfriend that you would like a real mantle for decorating purposes.
Step 5: Go to bridal shower and spend several hours with friends
Step 6: Come home, mantle complete.