Last week, there were pilgrims on our mantel. Now, my Fontanini nativity set is on the mantel. I always say that I seldom change where my Christmas décor is placed. This nativity set is always the centerpiece of our Christmas mantel in our family room.
For those of you who were reading my blog four or five years ago, I apologize for the repeat of this story. This may be the first time someone has read about this set, so I’m going to tell it again. I was looking at tablecloths, hanging in a closet, at an estate sale.
I spotted a box on the top shelf of the closet. Writing on the box made me think it was a Christmas decoration, so I asked someone to get the box down for me. I found this Italian Fontanini set of nativity figures inside the box.
Nobody from the estate sale company had looked inside the box, so it wasn’t priced. I took it to a salesperson and asked the price. After glancing inside, she asked if I’d pay $15.00.
As calmly as I could, I shook my head and told her, yes, I think I will. I had previously purchased the manger backdrop at a garage sale for $5.00.
The angels on the lamps are also Italian. I purchased them at another estate sale for $5.00 each.
This wooden angel, with painted flowers, belonged to my mother-in-law.
The angel with a blue skirt was a gift.
These really are pictures of our current mantel, although I know it looks very similar to our Christmas mantel for the past six or eight years. Thank you for coming to see our Christmas mantel repeat. laurie
I’m linking to Met Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict, Open House Thursday at No Minimalist Here, and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.