I am finally getting around to show you my Christmas 'mantel'. As I mentioned earlier, I was not able to decorate the living room early this year. Usually I try to start decorating around the Finnish Independence Day which is 6th of December. After we have celebrated the Independence Day with blue and white decorations, I can switch into the Christmas color and theme of the year.
But this year everything was on hold. We live in a rental house and when the owners asked in the beginning of November if they could celebrate their daughter's wedding here we willingly agreed. At that time we did not know the actual timing of the wedding...in Central Asia weddings materialize very quickly and the details are left to the last minute. So the days were going by, going by... Finally we had to remind them that we have a Celebration coming on the weekend of 24th and 25th, and if they could plan the dates before or after that ...pretty please?
The wedding was on the 17th of December and on the 23rd they still had a full day of special party of presenting the wedding gifts for their daughter. I think she is finally, definitely married.
We do not have a fireplace and a mantel, but we do have this huge shelving system in our living room. When we moved in I wanted to have it
This Christmas I wanted to stay in the familiar, traditional red and white color theme. My mom had bought me beautiful red tablecloths and I had found this pretty unused window in our yard in the summer. I knew I wanted to use the window on the 'mantel'. I started with the snowflake material and the window. Then it was time to shop around the house!
I gathered traditional Christmas decorations and winter-y things used in Finland and USA.
The mittens do not fit the color scheme but i just liked them so much. I never gave them to my kids to use (sorry mil!) because they were just too cute. So I had to use them here! I actually bought the little Christmas Trees in the bazaar. They were fluffy and pretty and I was hungry for something green. I used red velvet bows for one and little red roses for the other.
These are all inherited from and given by friends. They are not a 'match' but they belong together.
Little red elves sitting on the window are very traditional in Finland. They are made of red yarn, a wooden ball and some material for the hat. The wooden tulips are from Finland as well.