Christmas Mantle at The Glade

Our Christmas mantle decoration at The Glade doesn’t change much from year to year because it’s the perfect spot for our largest crèche (manger scene).  This not-very-fancy porcelain set consists of the baby in the manger, Mary, Joseph, a shepherd with a lamb, a sheep, a donkey, and three wise men. Since it was the first one I ever owned, it’s not Christmas for me unless it’s unpacked and set out.

All the pieces on the mantle

 I removed all the blue and green lights from a string of multicolored lights and replaced them with red and yellow lights because the costumes on the figurines were mostly in those colors.

Three Kings bearing gifts

 To the mantle display I added some candlesticks with red pillar candles for height.

The red candles and brass candlesticks add interest to the arrangement.

 And some greenery for fullness.

The infant in the manger, Mary and Joseph

Then we turned out the lights in the room.

The Babe, Mary and Joseph

 At each end of the mantle I put small photos of the family much like the wealthy Florentine families did during the Renaissance when they had their families painted into portraits of the life of Jesus.

A shepherd with his lamb and family photos

 The mantle glows warmly.

The Wise Men from the East

All creatures are represented at the Holy Birth.

Even the animals were welcome at the birth of Christ

  Sleep in heavenly peace.

The story of Christmas spread across the mantle at The Glade

 Do you have some Christmas traditions that you’re just not willing to compromise?  Even for the sake of beauty and decoration?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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