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Catholic Christmas Decorating Idea: One Lantern, Four Ways!

Dec 02, 2015 By Gretchen Filz

Lanterns are such a popular home decoration these days. And we love it.

This past summer our Marketing and Merchandising teams at The Catholic Company had a great time experimenting with a new look of pairing lanterns with saint statues. We (and you!) loved the idea - it's a great way to add contemporary style to the look of traditional and reverent religious devotion in the home.

See what we mean: How to Turn a Decorative Lantern into a DIY Saint Shrine

We thought we'd try out the look for Advent and Christmas decorating, too. Here is our Chapel Lantern that we picked out especially for its wide base, flat sides, and old-world appeal. The possibilities of what you can do with this piece are endless, but, below are four of our favorites.

Chapel Lantern - great for displaying saint statues

Here is the chapel lantern with our St. Nicholas statue.  Adding some greenery, a pine cone, and an ornament give it a nice holiday touch.

Neat decorating idea! St. Nicholas inside this Chapel Lantern

The lantern also looks great with our Infant of Prague statue. For this we just added a few old books to give the statue some height. You could add some holiday greenery inside as well, and just remove it to keep this display year-round.

A neat way to display devotion to the Infant of Prague

The ever-popular Kneeling Santa Figure surprised us by how lovely it looks displayed in this lantern. You could also pair this idea with the tradition of adding pieces of straw or slips of paper into the lantern to represent small sacrifices for the Baby Jesus made during Advent.

Kneeling Santa looks great as a display inside this Chapel Lantern

For this next look we added figures from our Real Life Nativity Set. This idea would look great with battery-operated Christmas lights wrapped inside greenery or faux snow at the base.

A few nativity figures look great inside this Chapel Lantern. Just add string lights!

We also have a second lantern, our Cathedral Lantern, which was also fun to pair with some of our statues.  We especially loved the look of our Divine Child - Divino Niño statue along with gold tone ornaments at the base. It looks beautiful as a table centerpiece! This is another idea that works as a devotional display year-round.

A Divine Child Statue looking perfect inside this Cathedral Lantern

What do you think of this way of incorporating traditional Catholic devotion into home decorating? We'd love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

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Gretchen Filz Gretchen Filz

Gretchen is a Lay Dominican with a passion for fostering an increase in Catholic faith and devotion through content writing and journalism. She works as a digital content writer, creator, and marketer for The Catholic Company. In addition to blogging at GetFed.com, she is also editor of the MorningOffering.com daily devotional email and author at GoodCatholic.com. She holds an M.A. in Christian Apologetics and converted to the Catholic Church in 2011. She is also active in R.C.I.A., pro-life work, and various faith-based web projects.

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