If you haven't decorated your house, or even if you have, for Christmas, here are a few things that will make your decorating day easier. They are also things that you can use each year because you can change things up a bit to make them fresh and new without having to buy a lot of new items each year.

1. Packing boxes - Or Amazon boxes. Use any box you have and wrap it in last year's Christmas wrapping. You can put rocks or bricks in the bottom to make sure they don't fly away. Put them under your lighted trees in the front yard or in your house to take up the space that you don't have something to put there. At the end of the season, unwrap the boxes and break them down to store flat in your garage or attic.

Three Christmas Wrapped Gifts Isolated on White Background.
Michael Burrell

2. Glitter - Do you have an old Christmas ornament or decoration that you don't want anymore? Before you throw it away, grab some glue and glitter and spruce it up. It's amazing what glitter does to a tired old Christmas decoration when it's sparkling in candlelight or lit up by Christmas tree lights.

Bauble Ornament in a real Christmas tree

3. Christmas cards - Don't wait for someone to send you some, buy a box of mixed Christmas cards and using a hole punch, make a hole in the top and string a bunch together with ribbon or yarn. You can string them across your doorways or your hearth. They're pretty and very traditionally festive.

Kids making christmas or seasonal greeting cards

4. Book Christmas trees - Remember when we were kids and they would give us old books or phone books (Google it kids) to make Christmas trees with? Check out this video. It's a great arts and crafts project that your kids will think is is fun and old school, and even if they don't think it's cool make them do it anyway.

5. Mirror squares - You can get mirror squares at hardware stores or arts and crafts stores. Put a bunch of white candles tied with ribbon on them for a really pretty Christmas glow on any table.

Christmas Table Setting

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

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