Decorate Your Mantle for Christmas

Make it merry for Santa!

By FamilyTime


The fireplace is central to many Christmas celebrations. For any number of homes, it’s the point of entry for Santa and so the mantle deserves very special treatment at this time of year.

To do so, begin by clearing it of its year-round objects. They will return in January but for now, the mantle should be bared so that you can fill it with Christmas cheer.

Swags and Lights

The most obvious choice for the mantle is to run a swag of greenery along the edge so that it loops down slightly. You can buy imitation mantle greenery that works very well. Some is festooned with holly berries or pine cones. Others are entwined with lights.

If you opt for the garlands with the lights, make sure there is a socket nearby so that you don’t have to string extension cords all over the living room. Some decorating enthusiasts ask an electrician to embed a socket in the mantle or near it — something you might consider for next year if you don't have time this year to call in a professional.

Make sure nothing flammable drapes too low from the mantle.

Bring Nature Inside

It’s also fun to gather boughs from evergreens growing in your own yard. Barring that, buy them from the florist. Layer the boughs on the mantle, so that the ends are camouflaged. Be generous so that the greenery makes a statement.

Alternatively, put the greens in five or six small glass vases and line them up on the mantle. Flank them with white, red, or green candles.

Decorate the greenery with small, bright Christmas ornaments, or nestle some festive Santas or Christmas angels in it.

Colorful Balls and Candles

Glass or crystal bowls filled with colorful glass Christmas balls are lovely. Intersperse them with tapers in glass or silver candlesticks and watch the “light show” when the candlelight bounces off the balls and glass bowls.

An array of colorful candles is another delightful way to decorate the mantle. These can be pillar candles in glass containers or set on pretty saucers, matched with tapers in candlesticks.

When decorating with candles, take great care when you light them and make sure nothing flammable is nearby. Extinguish the candles whenever you leave the room.

Your mantle may need nothing more than the stockings, hung with care perhaps a week or so early. Santa won’t mind if they double as decorations!