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.
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.
To the mantle display I added some candlesticks with red pillar candles for height.
And some greenery for fullness.
Then we turned out the lights in the room.
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.
The mantle glows warmly.
All creatures are represented at the Holy Birth.
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Do you have some Christmas traditions that you’re just not willing to compromise? Even for the sake of beauty and decoration?