It wouldn’t be the holidays without twinkly lights and candy canes. But the ones you’ve had in boxes since Y2K? They could use a little refresh. Here, 17 ways to bring new light to your beloved (but well-worn) decorating staples.

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Make baby Christmas trees by placing branches in simple jars--then trim them, of course.

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Skip the credenza display and tuck holiday cards into an evergreen garland.

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Speaking of garlands, why not place one somewhere unexpected--like across a window?

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Or go for wreaths on a cake stand surrounded by candles.

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Dust vintage light bulbs in sparkly glitter.

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Take festive fruits out of the bowl and onto the table.  

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Or go for gold by making them the focal point of a gorgeous place setting.  

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Give charmless Christmas tree light wires a glossy gold finish.   

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And fix chips and dings on ornaments with gold leaf detailing.

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Outfit boring old votives with pretty greenery.  

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Or better yet, aromatic cinnamon sticks. 

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Glam up basic white candles with metallic paint.  

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Fake an outdoor Christmas tree with a well-placed twinkly light silhouette.

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Use holiday ribbons as a chic accent on the tree.

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...or tie them onto your favorite jewelry (just for fun).

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And always remember that pets can get decorated, too.

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