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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Holiday Decorating for the Worn Out and Weary

Believe it or not, some of us genuinely love the holiday season, even if we aren't up for the crafting blitzes and marathon-style decorating sessions that come with it. However, leaving our home unadorned can feel a little bah-humbug. Luckily, we've found 10 ideas that can bring a little holiday cheer into your space without much effort.

Go Big ~ It doesn't matter how many lights the neighbors have illuminating their home. Save on the electrical bill and still get in the spirit of the season with these oversize outdoor Christmas ornaments. SHOP NOW: Outdoor Christmas ornaments, $60, neimanmarcus.com

Fir Sure ~ Hang this ornament anywhere in your home to get that nostalgic holiday smell, without having to gather and assemble a potpourri of freshly cut pine, berries and pinecones.SHOP NOW: Frasier Fir Botanical Ornament, $12, amazon.com


Welcome Home ~ For anyone who has failed at building a gingerbread house, this pre-assembled kit will make you look like a master pastry chef. The only thing you need to do? Decorate and display your handiwork. SHOP NOW: Pre-assembled gingerbread house, $50, williamsonoma.com

Lights Out ~ Just in case run-of-the-mill flameless candles aren't convenient enough, these classic pillars can be turned on and off with a remote control—all from the comfort of your easy chair. SHOP NOW: Flameless candles, $19 (starting), restorationhardware.com; remote control, $7, restorationhardware.com

Branching Out ~ Wrapping fresh garland around a banister can cause a sticky, sappy mess. Eschew all that dirty work and choose a pre-lit mixed faux-bough that's battery operated. SHOP NOW: Mixed bough pre-lit juniper garland, $100, hammacher.com

Pop-Up Tree ~ Save yourself the back-breaking work of assembling and decorating a Christmas tree. This faux version, by Thomas Kincade, is pre-lit, pre-decorated and goes from flat-packed to 6-foot stunner in just four steps. SHOP NOW: Thomas Kincade pop-up 6-foot Christmas tree, $200, hammacher.com

All Aglow ~ Skip the hassle (and potential fire hazard) that comes with real candles. Instead, place these battery-operated beauties (wrapped in real birch) around your home to create a cozy atmosphere. SHOP NOW: Flameless birch candles, $50, potterybarn.com

Season's Greetings ~ Welcome guests with this truly evergreen inflatable wreath—come summertime, toss it in the pool for a splash of unexpected cheer. SHOP NOW: DCI inflatable wreath, $10, amazon.com

Pillow Talk ~ Let your decor do the talking this holiday—cursive "peace," "joy" and "love" in holiday colors will show everyone how you really feel inside, even if you haven't gone all out with the tinsel and mistletoe. SHOP NOW: Liora Manne peace, love, joy pillow, $53, hayneedle.com

In Circles ~ Those holiday cards just keep coming (lucky you!). Make them work double time by hanging them on this cardholder—as more cards are added, a decorative wreath takes shape. SHOP NOW: Spiral wreath cardholder, $10, containerstore.com

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