Classic Christmas Mantel

Today I’ve joined a talented group of bloggers, and we are sharing our Christmas Mantels with you.  We all hope that we can inspire your holiday decorating!  Thank you to Krista of Happy Housie for organizing.  Make sure to take a tour through all the beautiful mantels at the bottom of this post! xo

It’s Christmas over here and we’re so excited for the holiday season!  I love dragging out all the Christmas bins and decking the halls…it’s such a wonderful time of year to decorate.  The cozy pillows, the sparkly lights…it’s magical.

I started my holiday decorating with my mantel.  Because it is the focus of our living area, it kind of sets the theme of our space. That and I actually find it pretty hard to decorate the mantel at Christmas so I try to get it done and out of the way first.  I find it a little challenging to decorate it just enough to match the Christmas tree, but not too much to compete with it.  I think my most favourite mantel of all was the one I made last year at Christmas, but I do like this one too.  There’s really only so much I can do with this space without having to go out and buy a million new things but I don’t want to do that.  As I always say, I try to make do with what I have, because realistically, who can go out every year and buy all new Christmas decor?  It’s just not practical.

Classic Christmas Mantel

For this years mantel I did buy a couple of new things…I couldn’t resist the Reindeer and Santa garland I found at Michaels, and I also bought the flocked garland to match our flocked tree.  And these are things I will be able to use year after year.

Classic Christmas Mantel

I decided not to decorate the flocked garland because I really just love it the way it is…in hindsight though, I probably will add some red ball ornaments for my Christmas home tour that’s coming up…but for now I’ll leave it be. I also made a little tree bark garland with some string and tree bark cutouts that I had from last year but never used.  I think it looks nice strung along with the reindeer garland.

Classic Christmas Mantel

And because I’m all about soft twinkly lights, I wanted to add some candles to my mantel.  I really love the look of candles in front of the fireplace.  When I don’t want to turn on the fireplace, I’ll just light the candles.  So pretty.

Classic Christmas Mantel

I also found these mini fresh trees at our local home store again this year.  I love how cute they are.  I wrapped it up with some pretty chunky knit garland, and wound some small fairly lights in too.  So cute.  You’ll also see a few of these little guys on my Christmas porch!

Classic Christmas Mantel

Overall I kept things pretty simple, and I like how it turned out!  I can’t wait to show you how it looks with my Christmas tree too!

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Here are some of the things I used to decorate my mantel. If I couldn’t find the exact item, I chose something similar.  These are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission, but at no cost to you!  Thank you for supporting ‘A Pretty Life’, and helping to make it possible!  xo

More Christmas Mantel Inspiration:

Now make sure to take a tour through all these amazing and festive Christmas mantels!  You’ll be sure to leave inspired for your own space…there is something for everyone here!

The Happy Housie / A Pretty Life / Place of My Taste / Two Twenty One / Newly Woodwards / Cherished Bliss

Lovely Etc. / Town and Country Living / All Things With Purpose / House by Hoff / My Fabuless Life / Lehman Lane

Green With Decor / The House of Wood / Fynes Designs / Bigger Than The Three of Us / Casa Watkins Living / Blue I Style

You'll love the gorgeous inspiration in this 18 stunning Christmas Mantel and Vignettes

Have a very merry day!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Krista November 28, 2017 at 9:42 AM I love it Jo-Anna! It looks like we have a similar scheme going on this year! I love the santa and his reindeer banner! Adorable - great find! Thanks for taking part in this hop!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 28, 2017 at 9:06 PM Thank you Krista! And I love that we were on the same wavelength with our decorating this year!
  • Reply Kim@NewlyWoodwards November 28, 2017 at 10:46 AM This is lovely! I love flocked anything - and I am totally smitten over the santa garland. So cute and unique. I've never seen the little trees with the base like that. How cute! And you don't have to store them, which is a huge bonus for me.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 28, 2017 at 9:05 PM Thank you Kim! I love anything flocked too...it's just SO pretty!! And aren't those little trees great? I found them at Lowe's and just love them.
  • Reply Robin November 28, 2017 at 2:30 PM Love it! I always look forward to your holiday decorating posts. :) I did a November mantle once I took the Halloween stuff away, but it sort of turned a bit Christmassy. I'll have to look at all these for inspiration to jazz it up for December.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife November 28, 2017 at 9:04 PM Thank you Robin! I always look forward to decorating for all seasons, but especially Christmas!! Stay tuned because there is more coming!! xo
  • Reply Tara @ Lehman lane November 29, 2017 at 10:13 AM Your mantel looks great Jo-Anna! Love the red and white color scheme and that reindeer garland is so fun!
  • Reply Meg Green With Decor December 1, 2017 at 9:03 AM I love those skate stockings, so cute!
  • Reply ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus December 2, 2017 at 6:51 AM That deer garland is adorable!! Great job on the mantle!
  • Reply Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living December 11, 2017 at 12:05 PM Jo Anna this is super cozy! I love the reindeer garland! Super cute.
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