Ho-Ho-Ho Your Mantel With Your Favorite Things!
Your Mantel Is Your Room's Other Main Focal Point, Beside The Tree!
It should look just as pretty, and it's the place for your most treasured objects! If you're young, you may have just started collecting your treasures. If you've been around as long as I have, you may have quite a few! But either way, this is the place where you will see your beloved objects the most frequently so you want them to have this place of honor in your decorating scheme.
If you have kids and pets, your mantel is also probably the safest out-of-reach place for your treasured objects too! Just make sure no cords or garlands dangle down that they can get entangled in, thus pulling down the whole display!
Don't have a mantel over a fireplace? Why not make one by installing a four or five foot wood shelf on a wall in a good out of the way location!
The treasures in this photo are my red mosaic glass hurricane and matching metal angel with red mosaic glass inlays, both purchased at Hobby Lobby years apart.
My best decorating advice... invest in a string of battery operated miniature lights with a timer feature in either clear or multi-colored bulbs. You can arrange them among your mantel decorations and they'll twinkle and shine beautfully throughout the holidays on just one set of batteries! Set them one time and forget them!
I bought mine three years ago and wish I had done it years earlier! I'm investing in at least one new set each year from now on.
My Mantel As It Sits Right Now, Before Decorating For Christmas
Some Other Helpful Decorating Recommendations...
While We're At It!
Awhile back, I became sold on the idea of pre-lit, battery-operated trees and wreaths with a timer function. At the time I was getting around on a walker and it was nearly impossible for me to get to everything to plug and unplug every night. I invested in two little 2-foot accent trees, a wreath for my door, and two strings of lights - all with batteries and timers. I loaded them up with batteries, set their timers all up the way I wanted them, turned them on Thanksgiving night, and it was magical – I completely forgot about them the rest of the holidays! They just came on like clockwork every evening and sparkled! It was absolutely heaven.
I have a big silk ficus in my living room and I used one of the battery light strings to decorate that. The other one went on an outside decoration.
We have done real trees the last couple of years but are planning to invest in a pre-lit tree with battery timers this holiday. I really recommend you do the same! It's a hassle free alternative, for sure! I've had pre-lit trees in the past but they were not battery operated, nor did they have timers.
I have also in the last couple of years invested in a few flameless candles, and I am really enjoying those also. They also run on timers:)
Never plug in a decoration with a frayed electrical cord. Have it repaired. If you're going to change a bulb in something, unplug it first. Don't overload extension cords.
Christmas 2010 Mantel - The first Christmas in our new house!
We had just moved in a few months before, and I was barely walking on a walker waiting for hip replacement surgery, so this Christmas decorating was very minimal. I made one trip out with my husband and picked out a few new stocking holders that we both liked, we got a little tree, and that was that. But I loved it!
HO! HO! HO!