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Saturday, January 23, 2016
My very favorite after-Christmas buy!
I actually wish I had bought more of these lanterns. They aren't too fancy looking, but they were only $2.50. I bought this the day after Christmas and of course all my decor was still in place, so I brought this in and placed it on a chest next to our manger scene. You can just see the edge of the wooden stable at right in the photo above.
The next photo shows the lantern and creche more clearly, though the picture is somewhat fuzzy.
Below is our manger scene as it looked last year. The wooden stable was made by my dad many years ago. I got the idea of placing a New Testament, open to Luke 2, in front of it after seeing something similar that Sandi, at Rose Chintz Cottage, had done. I liked the idea and the look very much, but felt it needed something to set it off. Evergreens with entwined white lights would have done the trick, but there is no outlet anywhere near that chest, nor any place to hide an extension cord. I don't care for battery operated light strings because in my experience the batteries die much too quickly.
So when I got this lantern home, I decided to try it by the creche. There's a place inside the lantern for a candle. I first tried a votive. Bad idea. It ended up melting all over the candle cup. Tea lights work much better. Of course, a battery operated tea light or flameless candle would be better still.
Still, a little something was needed and I had the spray of cedar and glittery red berries in my stash. I put the stems behind the stable and sort of curved the berries around the lantern. Much better!
As I mentioned at the beginning, I do wish I had bought several of these lanterns. The nice thing is that they are not specifically Christmasy, so they would work in any season. If we happen to find any more next time we visit that store, I will snap them up!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.