Christmas Mantels from Days Gone By
I have unearthed a few photos of Christmas mantels from previous years. The first four photos are of an arrangement I did several years ago, and it is still one of my favorites. I collect Department 56 New England Village pieces and I used some of them in this display. I used a rectangular mirror and it worked well because the two “heavy” pieces were at either ends of the mirror. This mantel features three churches, an important addition to a Christmas display. I used piled boxes or books to give each piece a different height. All the houses were lighted; the batten, greenery and berries make the wires easy to hide. In the valley in the center of the display was a small round “pond” (little mirror) with two skaters on it. I covered the edges with batten “snow” and it looked so perfect—shame on me for not getting a good enough photo to show. I included the last photo, even though it’s not of an acceptable quality, because I wanted to show the last accessory that I used, and this was the only photo I could find. I thought the little berry wreath (on an easy to remove stick-on hanger) was the just right finishing touch.
Final thought: Each of these designs has brought me the joy of creating and the satisfaction of something done to the best of my ability. I encourage each of you to try something new. When you find what you are created to do, you will be filled with the same joy and the same satisfaction.