Hanging stockings by the chimney with care and stringing dozens of popcorn garlands is great, sure, but who has the time? We've found easy, attractive ways to decorate your home for the holidays and still have plenty of time to wrap presents.
Extension cords and electrical outlets are never in higher demand than in December, when everything from the tree lights to that nodding wicker reindeer in the yard seems to require at least one socket. And all the extra holiday juice can give your energy bill an unpleasant surge. We love these amazing solar-powered lights from Taylor Gifts, available online for $30, because you can string them anywhere you want -- along the walkway, around the mailbox, in the bushes -- without an outlet. The lights turn on automatically at sundown and glow for about eight hours on energy reserved in an inconspicuous little solar panel. They never need to be plugged in. Talk about a bright idea.