Fireplace Decorating for Christmas

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Fireplace Decorating for Christmas
Arrange candles on the mantle to add light and fragrance. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Next to the Christmas tree, the fireplace is your home's major focal point for holiday decorating. Decorate your fireplace with treasured family favourites or new ornaments and accents.

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Stockings

Christmas stockings accent the fireplace with a traditional look. A stocking is typically hung for each member of the household. Many stockings have red fabric trimmed with white faux fur on the top and are often embroidered with a person's name, but also come in a variety of colours and styles to suit your taste.

Pinecones

Pinecones tie in with the use of a coniferous Christmas tree. Place them in groupings on the mantel or arrange some in a basket, bowl or glass "hurricane" jar.

Garlands

Garlands are draped in loops and semicircles from the mantel of the fireplace. They can be real or artificial. Garlands can also be decorated with Christmas ornaments, lights and pinecones.

Bows

Big bows are traditional Christmas decorations for the fireplace. Colours are often traditional, such as red and green, or can be selected to tie in with a specific colour scheme.

Heirloom Figurines

Many families have a traditional figurine or collection of figurines that they display each year on the fireplace mantel. Santa Claus figurines, Nativity sets, angels, nutcrackers and teddy bears are traditional favourites. Figurines are often handed down through the family.

Family Photographs

Displaying family photographs on the mantel at Christmas is a custom in many homes. Some families take a group photograph every Christmas and display it on the fireplace mantel.

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