Christmas Decorations On Fireplace Mantel

By Todd Fratzel on Interior Decorating

Fireplace Mantel Decorated For Christmas

Our Christmas Tree & Fireplace MantelFireplace mantels are typically the focal point of family rooms so we thought we’d share with you the Christmas decorations that we use on our mantel. Long time readers of this site may recall the articles we’ve written about our custom fireplace mantel. As you can see in the photo the fireplace mantel becomes a significant feature for our Christmas decorations.

Large Mantel Shelf

Quite a few readers have asked us why the original mantel design included such a large mantel shelf. As you can see our mantel supports a collection of Santa lights and that is why the shelf was designed to be so large. The base of each light is about 6 inches in diameter so the mantel shelf was built about 8 inches wide. The large mantel shelf also creates a nice surface to hang the stockings from.

Fireplace Mantel Design

What we wanted to point out in the article is the importance of considering all design parameters. When you design a mantel think about not only every day decorations but how you’ll use the mantel for seasonal decorations. We happen to like our design quite a bit because it works well all year round.

Do you decorate your mantel for the Christmas season? We’d love to hear how everyone else decorates theirs.

About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

All posts by Todd »

Not what you're looking for?

Search for more articles here. Enter keywords like, 'insulation' or 'kitchens' etc to find your topic.


  1. Todd, looks festive! Our mantel is also quite decorated!

  2. Rose says:

    Todd, what a beautiful Fireplace.

  3. Darlene Houtz says:

    What is the name of that paining above you mantel? I really like it.

Leave a comment

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Copyright © 2009-2023 Front Steps Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Home Construction & Improvement™ is a Trademark of Front Steps Media, LLC.