On the mantle, the lighted Christmas tree I created at ceramic shop this year and a child's cupboard with a small collection of sheep...
We also hung a garland and lights on the staircase...Eight stockings remain to be hung here (they don't fit on the mantle).
In addition to the Christmas story found in Matthew 1& 2 and Luke 2, the first chapter of John has its own angle--beginning "in the beginning"!"...In him was life, and that life was the LIGHT of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it...The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world...to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God..." (John 1:4-5,12)
Darkness still doesn't understand light! Oh that men and women, boys and girls may believe and receive Jesus today. May every beautiful light of the season point to the True Light; every carol sing of His coming; every gift exchanged point to His salvation!
By the way, are you a strictly white light person or do you like multiple colors? Large bulbs or small?