5 Fireplaces That Embrace the Holiday Spirit Without Looking Kitschy

Though the kitchen is traditionally considered to be the heart of the home, we'd argue that the fireplace is the real heart of the house come November. With temperatures dropping and, if you celebrate Christmas, Santa getting ready to scoot on down the chimney, it's where the family and guests gather for a good time. With that in mind, it's time to start  our mantels and fireplaces with  vignettes that set the mood. 

Whether you want to start getting your home cozy for the cooler months, or you celebrate a winter  like Christmas or Hannukah and want to start prepping the house, our roundup of five holiday mantel décor ideas will not let you down. Better yet, they're surprisingly low-lift (though they definitely make a big statement). Read on to see how the pros do it, and then shop similar items to start  at home.