Now that it\’s December, the holiday season is in full swing. Take a look at some of our favorite holiday decorations around the Lansing/East Lansing area.

Street lamps in downtown Lansing
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Even the street lights are dressed for the holidays with a snowflake wreath and colorful lights to spread the merry spirit. The same street light, from different angles, during the day and at night.

Outdoor Ornamentation
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Looks like someone better wish for a low electric bill this month…

Meridian Mall, 1982 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos
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Meridian Mall is ready for the jolly man himself to receive and grant Christmas wishes for children, big and small.

Jon Anthony Florists, 809 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing
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A particularly good window display. Mr. and Mrs. Claus grace the front window of Jon Anthony Florists, catching the attention of drivers.

MSU dorms, East Lansing
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Ah, the dorms. Yes, it’s that time again, when giant snowflakes and wreathes suddenly appear on halls across campus to lighten our hearts with holiday cheer.

Light Festival
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The most decorated house on M.A.C., and possibly the winner in the area, this house on the 300-block near Albert Street is a true sign of holiday cheer.

Looks Like It\’s Time to Light Up
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Aren\’t sure what time it is? The clock tower on the corner of Albert and M.A.C. offers a glowing vision to passing shoppers.

Twinkling Evergreens
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Even close-up, with the wires in full view, it\’s hard not to find an appeal.

Silver Bells in the City

The lighting of the official Michigan tree took place at the Capitol building Nov. 18. Nearly 50,000 visited the event last year. With the Capitol and large tree as the backdrop, the holiday season had its official beginning in the area.

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Is your house/apartment/dorm missing the holiday spirit? Try these easy homemade decorations with materials you\’re sure to have lying around.

Beer Can Garland
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Materials: string, popcorn, construction paper, beer cans.
Use this beer can garland to dress up any plain areas around the room.

Beer Can Tree
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Materials: beer cans and a bow, pretty much.
Not too hard – just let a friend stack cans while bored, and a tree forms!

Red Cup Snowman
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Materials: cotton balls, q-tips, construction paper, paper or plastic cups.
This little snowman is perfect for dressing up your study area and spreading holiday cheer.

Menorah
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Materials: newspaper, red cups.
Just had a party? Are there tons of red cups covering the floor? This menorah is a perfect way to recycle and celebrate.

Wreath
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Materials: a paper plate, newspaper, construction paper.
Decorate a door or knob with this paper plate wreath to greet holiday guests.

Stockings
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Materials: newspaper, cotton balls, construction paper.
Don’t know what to do with all those old (or new) issues of The State News? Try making a holiday stocking for the special people in your lives by cutting and taping until it’s just right.

Fireplace
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Materials: construction paper, paper bag.
How does Santa come to your house if there\’s no fireplace? You make one, of course! With a flair for design and quick ablities with the scissors, Santa\’s got a place to come in.

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