Alternative Holiday Decor

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Ladder Tree: Via MetaFilter via MeCha.

We've been seeing a slew of interesting, space-conscious (okay, maybe not the ladder), and budget-friendly alternatives to going all out with trees and *stuff* (for the mantle, tabletop, countertop, ceiling, floor, or any place else you can think of). Here are a few unique highlights that we've spotted on other blogs or were sent directly to us:

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Happy Mundane: Vintage glass ornaments on branches placed in a vase.

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Design Boner's Sad but Good-Smellin' Tree: A Charlie Brown-style tree from Urban Outfitters.

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AT reader Julie writes: Living in an apartment and being allergic to real Christmas trees has left me searching for alternatives. For a couple of years I had a small fake tree but this year (on the 25th of November, the earliest “legal” day for such things) when I got it out I found it to be broken and non lighting. Anyway, not really interested in a new fake tree here’s what I’ve come up with. It has lights and offers space to display the small ornaments I have in a fun way – and a plate on top provides holiday treats to those who pass. I hope Santa will approve…