deck the halls how to
get into the holiday
spirit, even without the big tree
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The traditional wreath is another way to bring that fresh pine scent into your tiny apartment abode come holiday time. Additionally, tree places have to trim away branches all the time -- and frequently, they're willing to part with the scrap greenery for the fabulous price of zero buckeroos. Tie a few branches of evergreen cuttings with a big velvety ribbon, and voila, you have an instant festive decoration for your front door, staircase, wherever.
Of course, homemade ornaments beat the pants off of anything you can buy off the shelf. Plus, making your own ornaments is a great way to wallow in childhood nostalgia. Remember cutting paper snowflakes come holiday time in elementary school? Time to resurrect that classic craft. Paper snowflakes make great ornaments for the tree, and look pretty strung from the ceiling or decorating your window. Pipe cleaners are another cheap and easy decorating material -- twist them into fuzzy snowflakes, or intertwine red and white cleaners to make candy canes.