12/09/2011 02:54 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Holiday Guide: Christmas Decorating Ideas For The Mantel (PHOTOS)

During the holidays, your living room becomes the most important room in your home. People gather around the fireplace to open gifts, entertain friends and swap old stories, which is why decorating that area becomes essential. Enter our holiday guide to decorating the mantel! Click through the slideshow below for 12 inspiring ways to make your mantel shine.