My sister told me yesterday that mantles and banisters are the best for Christmas decorating. How true, right? The Apple House has a very special mantle and banister, they are both made of apple wood from the orchard.
I have never had a mantle before, so I was very excited to get to decorate it for Christmas.
The nativity set is one of a few that I own, but it is my favorite. You will probably laugh, but it was given to me by the younger brother of my high school boyfriend long before Link and I ever dated. I love the simplicity of it. I found a weathered piece of lumber to provide some height variation and to prop up the baby Jesus a bit, as the mantle is so high that you could not easily see him.
Detra in a cone, then covered it in craft paper and tied a ribbon around it. Simple and cute. To the left is another simple nativity that I made a few years ago.
All of the greenery was cut from a huge pine tree in my front yard.