With free standing altars, the biggest mistake church decorators make during the various liturgical seasons is to place stuff in front of the altar which obscures or hides the altar.
PLEASE NO NATIVITY SETS IN FRONT OF THE ALTAR!
PLEASE, NO FORAL ARRANGEMENTS IN FRONT OF, BESIDE OR AROUND THE ALTAR!
PLEASE, NO FLOOR CANDLESTICKS AROUND THE ALTAR!
The free standing altar should be framed and highlighted not cluttered and obscured and certainly no nativity sets in front of the altar. Let me repeat that, no nativity sets in front of the altar.
I feel better now:
The uncluttered free standing altar is beautiful without clutter around it, like nativity sets: