Decorating the mantle is a very important Christmas tradition. After all, it’s the first thing Santa sees when he comes down the chimney.
This year I decided to celebrate my Swedish heritage with traditional Swedish holiday decorations.
In order to make the mantle display more interesting, I created different levels by stacking old books I found at Goodwill. Look for red or green books or remove the covers and stack them with the pages exposed.
Tuck in springs of pine tree greens (I took apart a decorated wreath found at Goodwill).
For a balanced display, place a pair of similar height items at each end. Swedish holiday decorations are mostly painted wood. On the left are painted Santa candlesticks and on the right, hand-painted trees.
The hand carved and painted Dala Horse is an important Swedish symbol. The medium size blue horse is one of the best bargains I found at Goodwill. It was only $1.99 but valued at $25! You never know what you’ll find at Goodwill.
Tomte or Swedish elves add to my ethnic-themed mantle.
A Christmas display isn’t finished without candles. I would never light the little candles on the decorations (too dangerous)! Instead, red votive cups add light and atmosphere.
I had so much fun showing my family heritage this year. I would love to hear how you decorate your mantle!