Christmas is time for decorating the entire house for a festive holiday season. A fireplace mantel is an excellent focal point in the living area of the house. The mantel draws the eye up naturally and provides a natural ledge to decorate with collectibles, stockings and garlands. The mantel is a great area to use your creativity for decorating. The mantel becomes delightful when it displays Santa Claus figures, nutcrackers, angels, nativity sets, candles, model trains, village cottages, garlands and stockings.
Stockings on the Mantel
Christmas stockings hanging from the fireplace mantel are a traditional look. In many families the decorative stockings are filled with stocking stuffers, small gifts. Hang the decorated stockings from the ledge, being careful that they do not hang in front of the flames. A garland along the edge of the mantel adds to the festive look of the decorations.
Garlands on the Mantel
Garlands can be created of many types of materials. The traditional garland is made of pine boughs and tied with red or gold bows. Christmas tree lots may sell ready make garlands made of real pine greenery. Craft stores, such as Hobby Lobby, carry a variety of artificial garlands made of silk or plastic. Garlands may be pine, holly leaves, fruit or any other decorative material.
You can customize the garland by adding ornaments and bows that coordinate with the holiday decor. For example, if the Christmas tree is entirely decorated in red or gold ornaments, tie the two focal points together by using the same color scheme.
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A natural looking theme can be achieved with the use of pinecones, which can be found under pine trees in the fall or be purchased at craft stores. Attach the pinecones in their natural state or gild the pinecones with gold craft paint. Hang the pinecones on the garland with hooks, or tie them on with ribbons.
Decorate the Mantel with Collectibles.
Do you have a collection of old fashioned Santa Claus figures, nutcrackers or angels? The mantel is the perfect place to display the colorful collection. Imagine a parade of Santas or Nutcrackers, or a combination of the Christmas figures in various sizes, standing guard above the fireplace, A beautiful display of various angels add to the Christmas spirit.
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Nativity on the Mantel
If the mantel is wide enough, a display of the nativity is a symbolic of the meaning of Christmas. Arrange the Holy family, Shepherds, Wise men and animals on either side of the Holy Family. Angel statues can be placed at the ends.
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Candles on the Mantel
Group Candles on top of the mantel so they can glitter merrily above the fire. A grouping of candles looks beautiful with a garland. Choose a color theme or mix and match pillar colors. A grouping of gold candles above a green garland decorated with gold bows looks gorgeous.
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Model Train on the Mantel
Model trains and Christmas go hand in hand. Some people like to place the model trains around the Christmas Tree, but if you want to place the trains out of reach of children and pets the fireplace mantel is a choice spot. The train will not be able to move but it can be displayed. Arrange collectible cottages at the edges to make a village display on the mantel.
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