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Your mantel is the centerpiece of your home and a great starting point for holiday decorating. Create a dramatic look with bold colors and bright lighting, or keep it simple and sweet with family heirlooms and natural elements.
Try using items that you don't normally find on a mantel, such as ornaments, angels and Christmas cards. Scatter these items among some greenery to create an alluring scene. Your mantel is also a great place to showcase your nativity scene. Add some white Christmas lights to create a soft glow around the manger.
Add little touches of yourself to your mantel décor. Use red and green frames to display family photos from Christmases past. Add your favorite Christmas knick-knacks or family heirlooms. This is also a great opportunity to display baby photos of little ones’ first Christmases.
Candles are always a nice touch around the fireplace. Buy inexpensive candleholders at varying heights for a variety of candle sizes; scatter these across the mantel. Candles come in a rainbow of colors, so get creative and play with different combinations. Include scented candles to create an inviting aroma throughout the whole house.
Spray-paint terra cotta pots silver and gold, and fill them with live poinsettias or other traditional Christmas plants, like amaryllis, rosemary and Christmas rose bushes. Line them up on the hearth, or if they’re small enough, place them right on the mantel. Live or artificial evergreen garlands are perfect for draping across the mantel. Fill them in with candles, pinecones, ornaments and strands of lights or dried fruit. Complement your evergreen swag by hanging a matching wreath behind it.
Exhibit your favorite collectables for all to see on the mantel. It’s the perfect location for figurines, antique toys, nutcrackers, miniature Christmas villages and ornaments. The mantel is an ideal, out-of-reach location where breakables and treasured items are safe, yet viewable to all.
The most traditional Christmas mantel decoration is the Christmas stocking. Hanging your stockings along the mantel is a wonderful way to mix timeless and contemporary styles. Add some additional interest to your stockings by purchasing ornamental stocking hangers. Stocking hangers come in a variety of shapes, sizes, materials and colors to match your taste.