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Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

When your homes in Grand Forks ND have a fireplace mantel, you have so many fun options for Christmas decorating. From sleek and modern to colorful traditional — plus everything in between — the mantel is a great way to express your style and explore some new options to keep things from getting boring.

The mantel really is a great option for trying different designs each year. It’s small enough that you can mix and match and explore trends, while maintaining family traditions in other areas of the home. Of course, with stockings hung with care, there’s no reason why certain traditions can’t be kept.

For example, if you want something modern and elegant, especially in a contemporary living room, consider a bold but elegant display in which staggered iron candlesticks with white tapered candles run the length of the mantel. At the base of the candlesticks, arrange a lush eucalyptus garland or some other fulsome green garland for a simple but stunning display.

Another option that focuses even more on natural elements is an evergreen garland with clusters of “snow dusted” pine cones arranged throughout. To add some height to the display, look for groupings of staggered height large candles in red or add a tall, decorative lantern with a large candle on one end and balance it with the stockings hung on the other end of the mantel.

For something more whimsical, look for a faux moose or deer head — the more decorative, the better — and hang it over the mantel, complete with a Santa hat on its head and festive lights strung up amid the antlers. Alternatively, rather than lights, consider hanging decorative baubles from the antlers. An equally faux snow-flocked garland along the mantel adds the finishing touch without going further overboard.

Finally, one option that keeps things simple, but still allows for festive charm is to use groupings of winter or Christmas-themed figures. Choose one theme, such as Nutcrackers, elves, reindeer, or Santas, and look for two or three figures, potentially in staggered heights, to place on one end of the mantel. To balance the display, look for similar or complementary stocking hangers to use on the other end of the mantel.

Whether you cover every inch of the mantels in your homes in Grand Forks ND or go for a more minimal approach, choose a display that puts a smile on your face. Once it’s ready, you can sit back back with your family, enjoy a cozy fire, a warm drink, and let the festive spirit warm you.

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