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5 Great Sites for Holiday Decorating Ideas

It’s time to deck the halls. If you’re tired of hauling out the same old stuff that you’ve been decorating with for years—or just want to spice up a holiday table or entryway—you’ll find a wealth of fun, innovative ideas online. Whether you plan to keep your decorating simple or go all out—or even skip it this year—you’ll enjoy checking out the creative and festive ways that others have found to celebrate the season.

HGTV has gathered up 12 simple, elegant decorating ideas to help you deck your halls. From important basics such as the best way to string lights on a tree to festive, money-saving DIY projects, this site offers something for everyone. Learn how to make garland and Christmas mantels like the pros and settle in to make simple snowflake curtains with the kids. Looking to green up your holidays this year? “Forever” LED lights, which use 80 percent less electricity than conventional lights, are the way to go, according to HGTV.

True to its name, Real Simple offers up easy, elegant ideas for Christmas decorating without all the fuss. Fill a vase or hurricane jar with red and white peppermints and marshmallows or glass jars with Christmas ornaments for dramatic, high-impact displays. Fill silver mint julep cups with frosted pinecones as the final touch for a sophisticated winter-white table. Festive red cranberries look great in apothecary jars, and red and green apples are simple and elegant in trifle bowls. Simple is beautiful—and a lot less stressful.

From traditional to unexpected, Southern Living has amassed a treasure trove of 101 holiday decorating ideas. Consider out-of-the-box twists such as decorating the tree with cascading tendrils of colorful ribbon attached to an embroidery hoop and slid over the top of the tree or making hand-stitching stockings our of inexpensive burlap. Tips for wrapping gifts, choosing color schemes (beyond red and green) and making your own ornaments are also included.

Always a reliable source for home decorating ideas,’s extensive library includes more than 6,000 photos of Christmas décor, from luscious to light-hearted. You’ll find ideas for setting a beautiful Christmas table or decking the mantel as well as holiday container gardens and paper wreaths. With photos submitted by professional decorators as well as savvy amateurs, Houzz offers something for every type of style.

In a season of excess, simple stands out. As part of an encyclopedic series of Christmas ideas posts—covering everything from vintage to Scandinavian influences and much more— presents a gorgeous collection of minimalist décor ideas. Black, grey, white and natural wood are ideal settings for bare tree branches and candles—festive displays without the fuss.