Fireplaces and mantels are usually the main focal point of a room and are always fun to decorate. I'm doing my Christmas decorating in stages this year, and yesterday was "Mantel and Fireplace Day."
I've had the gold doves for I-can't-remember-how-many-years and they're showing their age, but I haven't seen anything I'd rather use for the centerpiece. [You can click on the photos to enlarge them, if you'd like]
The holly is very old, too, but, again, I can't find anything I like better. I love its "airiness" and simplicity. I added the two birds on stands last year.
The copper coal hod holds three rustic metal bells and some faded greenery.
The little rocking chair on the left was our son's when he was a baby (he's 35 now!) ... and still has the hammer marks he made with his little Fisher-Price hammer. I wouldn't take anything for it.
The Christmas books in the rocker belonged to our son and daughter when they were little. This picture of our granddaughter Avery Grace was taken a couple of years ago, and she looks like she was enjoying her Uncle Ben's rocker and book.
I love using some of my "things-I-would-save-if-there-was-a-fire" treasures to decorate with every Christmas. The precious memories they evoke of Christmases Past are worth more to me than all the fancy decor stuff you can find within the pages of a Frontgate catalog!
There's one more thing I want to share today, and that is a nativity candle I've had for years. I've never seen another one like it.
Oh, and speaking of Avery Grace ... she is coming for a visit tomorrow and I don't know how much decorating I will get done during the next few days. But perhaps, I can share some of our activities which, hopefully, will be even more fun than decorating!