Decorating the Fireplace Mantel for Christmas is probably second to decorating the Christmas tree. Traditional style decorating is always timeless at Christmas. Fruits, especially coves studded citrus, pineapples and bright red and green apples mix naturally with evergreen pine and firs.
Combining more common fruits with grape clusters allows them to be draped gracefully over he edge of the mantel.
Artichokes add texture to a Christmas arrangement as well as unusual interest.
A double garland of fruit which drapes below the main richly garland emphasizes the theme.
Leaving the chippendale mirror in place instead of adding a wreath is an option. Accent with sparkly candle sconces and miniature lights.