Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Joys #16 - Our Living Room Mantel (or is it Mantle?)

My daughter gave me these two Santas when I first began my collection and they have appeared in various places in our home during the Christmas season.  The past few years, that place has been on the mantel and I have added bronze, gold and maroon ornaments that coordinate with the Santas.  I am happy to learn that these colors are fashionable now -- I am very seldom on the fashion curve!

 I hope that you will continue to join me throughout the month of December as I post about some special decorations, traditions, collections and memories that bring the joy of the season to our house. Perhaps you will want to respond with your own story or comment about what brings happiness to your heart at Christmas. I would love to hear from you and look forward to sharing a bit of Christmas! Annie

p.s.  Since I posted this, I have seen two spellings for the word "mantel/mantle".  I haven't been able to figure out which is preferred. 


Anne @ The Frump Factor said...

Love the Old-World style of those Santas! For some reason, they remind me of nutcrackers that my Aunt used to collect back in the day.

kitten said...

Hi Annie, these colors are indeed fashionable now. Your mantel setup is actually beautiful. I clicked on the photo and saw a larger image and noticed the details on the ornaments. They are gorgeous! I think you did a great job! :)

Thisisme said...

The santas look lovely on the mantlepiece and I agree with kitten. The ornaments are very special. I did have a smile about your comment relating to being on the fashion curve!! Everything comes to those who wait!!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said... glad you came over to visit. It is such a busy time...your mantle looks so pretty. I have several Santas...I scatter them throughout our home! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!!

Olive Cooper said...

Cute Santas and your mantle is loveley. thanks for taking the time to visit me during this busy week:o)

Cape Cod Kitty said...

Lovely, and I must say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your Christmas memory posts.
Thanks, also, for stopping by Ms Graysea. Look forward to "seeing" you again.
Merry Christmas!

Let'sMakeADifference said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. HOW GREAT that you are a librarian!!! A NOBLE profession! Have a very Merry Christmas!

LBDDiaries said...

I like your santas and the mantel I bet it's beautiful in the dark! I love mantels, period! I'm like you, not always on the fashion curve! Thanks for visiting my site and I'm a new follower!!

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I do love the old world Santas! They look great on your mantle! Have a Merry Christmas!


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