Chanukah Mantelpiece Designs


Our family made a controversial change from celebrating Christmas to celebrating Chanukah about 12 year ago. To be truthful, I have missed the design joy in decorating a Christmas tree. So I channeled that creativity in a new direction. My home has two mantelpieces, and both are decorated for Chanukah. The front room stays the same to keep family traditions going, but the family room changes depending on my whim!
In the living room everyone lights their own menorah. The mirror doubles the joy. Having the candles on the mantel means they can be seen through the front windows, fulfilling the tradition to display the light to the world.
The family room mantelpiece keeps the Channukah spirit going. For parties we light the huge menorah, and let the taper candles burn 8 hours.
Beaded garland, tinsel dreidels, colored glass balls in the tzedakah (charity) box, 6 sided lighted snowflakes (like the Jewish star, available at Big Lots), and a repurposed ornament with winter greens as a backdrop.
Incredible bargain find at Big Lots a couple of years ago! This menorah for Chanukah stands 20" high and takes regular taper candles. In the foreground are wire driedls filled with colored glass balls.

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  • Z
    on Dec 6, 2012

    Welcome to Hometalk Trina. What beautifully decorated mantels. Happy Chanukah.

  • Trina H
    on Dec 6, 2012

    Just a tip if you are recreating a similar look that involves candles.... I protect the material draped on the mantel with clear glass tiles that can be purchased at Big Lots in the candle section. They come in 8" and 12" sizes and are only about $2 or $3 each. Choose the size depending on the depth of the mantel, and buy enough according to the width of the mantel to lay them end to end with no gaps. The beauty of the fabric shows through, but the fabric is protected from wax drips and the fire hazard is reduced.

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