There is nothing more fun and wonderful than decorating for the holidays. The sparkle of the lights. Glow of the candles. Holiday songs filling the air. And, of course, the perfect tree displaying your favorite ornaments.
But we cannot forget that centerpiece of the room that just begs to be beautiful and festive this time of year: your mantle.
It’s no wonder that “holiday mantle” and “mantle decorations” are top searches on Pinterest this month. Everyone wants their mantle to be festive and merry, but also have a little something extra that makes it an emblem for their creativity and family.
Here are a few elements that could make your mantle absolutely stunning and personalized this Christmas:
Greenery. Using evergreen branches and boughs are the ultimate tradition in decorating for the holidays. The green is the promise that while winter freezes nearly everything, the green of spring is always just around the corner. Drape a fresh garland across your mantle to add a bit of life and a delicious scent for anyone who draws near. Or, brighten your mantle with two small evergreen trees on either side, wrapped with warm bright white lights. Tie the bottoms of the small trees in burlap to add a touch of farmhouse charm!
Wishes. One of our favorite mantle trends is the use of words in decoration. Everything from wooden letters spelling “Joy” on the mantle, to paper bunting strung across with “Merry Christmas!”
If you have a place above your mantle that is perfect for hanging décor, find an adorable sign on Etsy that declares “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” or “Peace, Love, Joy”. The words that you choose to celebrate the holidays will personalize your mantle like never before.
Candles. There’s nothing quite like cuddling up on the couch, bathed in just candle glow and Christmas lights, listening to your favorite holiday music. Candles are an absolute must in any holiday decoration. And, even if you have very small children, the candles will be safe from curious hands if they are high up on the mantle.
Instead of digging out the candles you use every year, find a stunning set of monochromatic candles of differing heights. When they are grouped together and lit, your room will instantly become a warm sanctuary of Christmas love.
Now it’s time to grab your cup of hot cocoa or tea, put on your favorite carols, and create a mantle that is truly the heart of your home this Christmas.