Let’s talk about what Christmas is all about. It’s all about a tiny infant baby who was God, coming down out of the heavens and being born in the most humble situation: a freakin’ manger among the cows and horses and remarkably-calm-but-reverent donkeys, according to my nativity scene. (My nativity scene would also suggest there was, inexplicably, a perfect, baby-Jesus-sized wooden bassinet in said manger.)
Because Christmas is all about humble, natural settings for God-stepping-onto-Earth, I thought it would be appropriate to decorate my mantel this year in humble, natural materials.
And just like there were obedient, quiet farm animals gathered symmetrically around Mary, Joseph and Jesus, so shall there also be animals upon my mantle. Deer, this time.
And these tiny brass deer – which, honestly, I was powerless to resist at an antique shop recently for $2.50 each! – shall sit beneath the glass cloche, where they shall be protected, and where they may admire the nativity star.
But there were sticks in the manger! (Possibly.) So I added some. Giant, glittery sticks, shoved in a glass vase… just like you might find in historic Bethlehem.
I wish I could take a good night photo to show you how blingy and shimmery this combination of ornaments and mirrors is at night in our house… but since I can’t, I’ll just fake it in photoshop.
That’s pretty accurate. If this blog had sound effects, it’d be like “TING! DING-A-LING! TWINKLE TWINKLE!” Like the sound of handbells and miniature finger cymbals played by tiny elven men. That’s what my mantel sounds like right now.
Are you decorating a mantel for the holidays? What’s your inspiration? Are you grateful this blog has no sound effects?
P.S.: Check out these other holiday decorating ideas!
- DIY Kissing Ball with fresh greenery
- Easy glittery snowballs
- Tricks for (free) fancy Christmas garland
- Turquoise and green Christmas mantel
- How to make an easy Christmas vignette
- Full holiday home tour
- Make a monogram wreath
- Make your own Christmas art (one of my most popular posts!)(…and here’s take 2!