Tidings of Christmas abound this old colonial fireplace at our Early American Maine Home, unscathed by time, you will love every merry detail.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

One of my favorite spaces to decorate for the holidays has always been our Early American fireplace here at our home in Coastal Maine. And it has been so enjoyable partnering with Wayfair this holiday season in bringing you the second post of 3 in this mini-holiday decor series.

You may enjoy seeing this first post, 6+ Holiday Pointers for Setting a Coastal Tablescape.

And this third post, 5 Cozy Cottage Christmas Guest Bedroom Swaps.

And the final post, Transitioning From Holiday to Winter Decor | An Interview with Wayfair

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace

There’s nothing like a fire in the fireplace.

I would have one in every room of our home if I could. They may be work, but the coziness and warmth they provide is, well just pure hygge living.

How do you decorate a Christmas mantel?

Here are a few Christmas mantel, hearth, and fireplace ideas for you to consider.

I hope you find wonderful inspiration in today’s post.

Traditional Faux Evergreen Garland

Can You decorate a fireplace mantel for the holidays?

Yes, yes yes! Let me show you how I decorated our old colonial mantel for the holidays.

There are so many beautiful faux evergreen garlands to shop for these days, honestly. But for myself, I really crave simplicity over the holidays. Otherwise, I struggle with that cluttered and overwhelming feeling. Do you too?

That’s why I chose this pre-lit garland with white lights and pinecones available from Wayfair.

For its overall classic simplicity.

How to Hang a Fireplace Mantel Christmas Garland

After unboxing your favorite Christmas garland:

  • Expand the garland out on the floor spreading and fluffing the branches.
  • Add batteries.
  • Turn the lights on to be sure they work properly.
  • Decide the garland’s placement on your fireplace mantel.

For example, I wanted my Christmas garland to fall down on each side of our colonial fireplace mantel.

I used these Command Strips to secure the Christmas garland onto the fireplace mantel, placing one command strip on each end of the mantel and one in the middle. You can always add more later if you need to.

Then simply string the garland across the fireplace mantel securing the garland into the command strip hooks.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

Super simple, and an evergreen garland is absolutely charming in any home for the holiday season.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

Above the garland, hanging on the fireplace is a picture of our local lighthouse, The Nubble Lighthouse. You may read more about our family’s Maine heritage HERE.

And on each side of the lighthouse picture are multiple antique brass bugles that were my mother’s. The bugles are also hung with command strips to avoid puncturing any holes into the wood. Such a lifesaver when decorating!

And a little Bernese Mountain Dog Christmas ornament, a gift from a girlfriend hangs on the garland. If you don’t know, we have one big sassy Berner, Ella who makes her appearances around here from time to time.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

Match Holder and Safety Matches

One thing that most people miss when styling a functional fireplace are safety matches. Maybe you use a lighter or a fire starter?

Tall safety matches are not only functional, but they can add charm to your fireplace.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

I love our new Rope Wrought Iron Match Holder and tall Safety Matches gifted to us by Wayfair. I mounted them on the side of our old colonial fireplace, once again with one clear command strip.

The matches and holder would also sit nicely on the fireplace mantel too.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

Fireplace Gloves

As I mentioned above, a working fireplace can be a lot work. From stacking the wood to carrying it inside.

The things we do for coziness, am I right?

You may also enjoy the post, Cozy Snow Day at Home in Maine.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

So don’t forget those durable fireplace gloves, you’ll definitely want them for over the holidays.

They would make fantastic Christmas gifts too!

These fireplace gloves from Wayfair are unisex and just plain awesomeness.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

Lobster Pillow

Having a home in Coastal Maine means that we embrace local coastal decor like lobsters, sanddollars, starfish, whales, beach rocks, shells, driftwood, and more.

Check out this driftwood cornucoppia on our table also available from Wayfair.

Next, I was so excited to see this little lobster wool lumbar pillow available on Wayfair’s website. How cute is this?

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

Resting on an antique Boston Rocker that I found out “Thrifting with the Gals” over this past summer. You may see more of this fun find in the post, A Very Vintage Weekend.

Boston Rockers are such a classic cozy decor detail next or near a Christmas fireplace too.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel

Oh, and did you notice the wooden horse?

I found it this week antiquing and share more about it in this post 32 Antique Christmas Decor Treasures to Look for in 2022.

Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel
Christmas Old Colonial Fireplace, Hearth, and Mantel


I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.

Be sure to also check out our Home in Vermont too, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

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  1. I love your cozy fireplace, Ann! The garland looks great, and the horse is wonderful!

    1. I love the horse too, thanks so much Molly!

  2. Lisa Anderson says:

    Looks beautiful Ann! Love the Berner ornament…wink, wink!
    “A girlfriend”

    1. Yes doesn’t it looks so cute with the garland?