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deck the halls how to get into the holiday spirit, even without the big tree by Yee-Fan Sun | 1 2 3
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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.

all the trimmings
Even if you lack a tree, there's no reason you have to skip the pretty ornaments and trimmings as well. Arrange an assemblage of glass balls in a striking color combo into a glass bowl; hang ornaments in your window, or off the fireplace mantle. Wrap garlands around lamp bases and stairwells.

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.

light bright
So you don't have that big pine tree. You can still have fun with the lovely little twinkling lights. String them in that potted ficus tree, around your windows, by the fireplace, all around the ceiling or floorboards.

fire away
There's nothing like the snap and crackle of a real fire to add warmth and a lovely holiday glow on a cold winter's night. If you're lucky enough to possess a working fireplace, put that hearth to use. Real firewood is great if you have it -- and feel like dealing with the fuss of arranging logs and kindling, plus cleaning up afterwards. For us lazy folks, however, Duralog-type firelogs are cheap, a no-brainer to light, and involve little in the way of tidying up. And speaking of fireplaces…

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