Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas mantle #3.


When we built our house, I thought having a fireplace in our dining room would be great. I had recently seen the movie Gosford Park and admired the stunning manor house dining room with its blazing fire. Also, from the exterior the right side of my house needed a chimney to maintain its Georgian symmetry so we included a dining room fireplace in our plans. In reality, however, a guest's back would become unbearably hot should I ever light a fire there while we were dining, so I've never used it.

But... it does provide another place to display Christmas decorations (and Herend figurines the rest of the year). This year it is home to the majority of my Steinbach nutcrackers.

The middle guy is a Boy Scout. Hockey Boy was mortified when I bought him in his honor

Geppetto is a nod to Vivian's love of
Pinocchio. Pinocchio's nose can be either short or long; this year Dots decided to use his short nose


Darlene said...

Your nutcrackers are just gorgeous. Isn't it funny what embarrases kids when they are young....they will certainly appreciate when they are older. Your mantles are just beautiful!

Amber M. said...

I've never seen such beautiful nutcrackers!

Rachel said...

What beautiful nutcrackers! I think my boys would take them down adn play with them.

The mantle looks beautiful!

Have you thought about gas logs in your fireplace? They don't generate much heat.

Erin said...

I just love your dining room. Hot or not, that fireplce makes the space so cozy! Libby is obsessed with nutcrackers. She's asked for a "mouse king" nutcracker. I am quite certain that she is expecting it to spring to life, and thus might be very disappointed, but Santa will bring it just the same. Yours are charming. I laughed at the boy scout story.

Erin said...

P.S. I want to watch Gosford Park now!

Melissa said...

The nutcrackers are gorgeous. Very festive.

Melissa said...


Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.


The Mrs. said...

I loooove your mantles! Tagged you!

karlene said...

the mantle is beautiful!!

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Oooh love the little tartan skirt on the one on the far right. :)