40 Seriously Lazy Christmas Decorations That Are Actually Pure Genius

Christmas decorating doesn’t have to be a time-consuming task. Instead, you can steal one of these 20 ideas that require minimal effort, but still create a hilarious display that you’ll laugh at from now until December 25… Or whenever you decide to take the decorations down.

40. Broken gingerbread house? No problem!

This person did their best to build a gingerbread house, but the icing wasn’t enough to hold the place together. Rather than throw away their sunken sugar shack, though, they came up with a genius lazy Christmas decoration – a gingerbread house that was destroyed by a dinosaur, of course.

39. Frosty the toilet

Who knew that a porcelain commode was the perfect canvas for building a snowman? This person not only drew a snowman’s face on the toilet lid, but created a top hat with a hidden tissue box inside. Hopefully all of this hard work doesn’t melt!

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38. How the Grinch won Christmas

The Grinch gets a lot of bad press for his anti-Christmas sentiments. But it turns out he makes a great, easy holiday decoration. Once you’ve acquired a Grinch statue or made one (not a particularly lazy task, we’ll admit), you only have to hang one string of lights for the green villain to steal. Voila!

37. Try only if your neighbor has a sense of humor

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Let’s say your next door neighbor goes all out with their Christmas decorations. Why would you bother trying to compete? This person figured out the perfect solution – hanging a sign that accuses the person of stealing their good decorating sense. Just make sure the person next door will appreciate the joke…

36. Christmas is actually a birthday party

For those celebrating Christmas as a religious holiday, December 25 is said to mark the birth of baby Jesus. But rather than celebrating his arrival in a traditional way – you know, by setting up a nativity scene – this person hung a banner to turn Christmas into a birthday bash. Brilliant!

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35. A pumpkin for every occasion

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It’s no surprise that we love pumpkins – we decorate our homes with them and drink lattes that taste like them. Our fandom doesn’t die as soon as fall turns into winter, either. So, continue to proudly display your gourd after transforming it into a Christmas decoration. All you need is a Sharpie and a holiday greeting in mind.

34. So good the cops were called

According to the person who shared this decoration to Reddit, it was so realistic-looking that the cops showed up. The authorities then made the homeowner take the dangling man down, probably to save themselves a few phone calls. If you live somewhere without many neighbors, though, try it and see how much you laugh at your own handiwork.

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33. Technically, the tree is lit

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According to the person who shared this image to Reddit, “No one in my family felt like setting up the artificial Christmas tree, much less get it out of the box.” Their solution? Wrap the tree’s box in lights, which kind of means the tree is lit, right?

32. Christmas cheer? Ditto!

Sometimes, there’s no use in trying to compete with your neighbors’ light display. Now, you don’t have to – you can just piggyback on what they do with a well-lit sign that says, “Ditto.” Be sure to add an arrow to point to the best house on the block, so everyone knows what your place is supposed to look like.

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31. The tree of lights

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Remember the family too lazy to set up their artificial tree? Here’s a simple solution for them and for you, if you’re not in the mood, either. Simply grab a string of lights, tape them to the wall in the shape of an evergreen tree and add ornaments. The tree will be up and lit in a few minutes!

30. Meh

Perhaps you’re not a big fan of decorating for Christmas, or maybe you’re not talented at creating light displays. If so, let those feelings guide your decor and literally write out what you’re thinking with a strand of twinkle lights.

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29. Smells like Christmas

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Once the scent of an evergreen tree is wafting through the air, a home immediately feels Christmassy. With a tree-shaped car air freshener, you get both the aroma and the look of a Christmas tree, albeit on a much smaller scale.

28. Never decorate again!

Here’s a tip to keep in mind for the annually lazy decorator. All you have to do is wrap your tree in plastic with the ornaments still on and store it until next Christmas. Then, unwrap it to remember your decorating work is already done!

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27. This tree has good bones

Again, the Halloween decorations you have yet to put away can make great Christmastime accents, too. For instance, that skeleton that’s still standing in your living room? He’s got the perfect frame for lights – just wrap him up and plug them in.

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26. A heap of holiday cheer

We don’t want to make any assumptions, but if you’re looking for lazy Christmas inspiration, you might also have some lingering chores piling up around the house, too. If so, leave the laundry be until December 26 – that heap makes the perfect tree!

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25. Beer-y Christmas

Who knew beer could provide such festive inspiration? You might go classic, with a conically shaped stack of beer bottles and growlers. Or, you could pile cases on top of kegs to create a similar effect. Surprisingly, the person who designed the latter wrote on Reddit, “My girlfriend won’t agree that this a suitable Christmas tree substitute.” We beg to differ.

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24. Unbe-wreath-able

We love this lazy decoration because, well, there’s nothing easier than hanging up a wreath. And yet, somehow, someone was able to take it to the next level – this is an inflatable, pre-decorated wreath, and you can buy it on Amazon. In other words, this decor staple is now even simpler.

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23. Mini tree, big cheer

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When it comes to tree skirts, experts suggest that you choose one that covers the tree stand, as well as a few inches of ground, out to edge of the evergreen’s branches. So, this room could either use a way smaller skirt or, you know, a normal-sized tree.

22. Your trash is your decorating treasure

With a few personalized cans, a cardboard box and a pack of Camel cigarettes, you can create your own at-home nativity scene. Did you ever think you’d read a sentence like that? We didn’t either, but we love this lazy version of a holiday decor staple.

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21. Skeleton Claus

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Here’s one last idea for re-purposing your Halloween decorations into Christmas masterpieces. Pop a Santa hat onto your skeleton, but do be sure to tell your kids that it doesn’t mean that St. Nick is dead… It’s just that you’re a bit lazy about decorating this year, and everyone will still have a happy holiday.

20. Crutchy the reindeer

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen… But you probably haven’t ever heard of Crutchy. That’s because he’s not one of Santa’s reindeer — he’s just the one this hospital created with crutches as a medically hilarious decoration.

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19. OMG

We’ve given you a few ideas already on how to deal with a neighbor who goes above and beyond with their decorations. This option doesn’t attempt to replicate their work with a “ditto,” but, rather, pays homage to their time and effort with an “OMG.” Enough said.

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18. Yard work finished

The person who shared this photo to Instagram wrote, “She said she wanted her new reindeer in the yard.” Although that technically means he has, indeed, completed the given task, we can all assume that she wasn’t happy when she saw the “finished” product.

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17. “A” merry little Christmas

This shelving system has so many uses. It holds picture frames and knickknacks, and it provides a nook for tucking children’s toys underneath it. Oh, and that A-shaped frame makes the perfect “lazy Christmas tree,” wrote the person who shared this image on Instagram.

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16. I.T.’s Christmas

The Imgur caption for this photo reveals that the wreath is the handiwork of an I.T. department – big surprise. Although their work is pretty clever, we hope those computer chips, discs and wires don’t have any confidential company information on them…

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15. For-lease navidad

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Who knew a “For Lease” sign could be so festive? One pioneering passerby must have been listening to the Christmas classic, “Feliz Navidad,” and realized that the Spanish word for “happy” sounded mighty similar to the real-estate term. Then, they grabbed a marker and the rest is history…

14. Polar pile-up

We’re not quite sure what to say about this one. Did Santa teleport somewhere and forget his hat? Did he melt being outside of the North Pole? Isn’t a fabric hat on top of Christmas lights a fire hazard? We have so many questions!

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13. Hap-pee holidays

There’s perhaps nothing less Christmas-y than a stack of portable toilets…. Until you add a few strings of twinkling lights, of course. A glowing star finishes it all off, although it’s unclear whether the scene smells as charming as it looks.

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12. Marital Christmas!

Rather than actually putting up a display of lights, this person decided to use their decorations as a way to explain their motive for doing so. It wasn’t in an effort to spread holiday cheer. No, it was to please his or her wife. Genius execution.

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11. Be the tree

If you have a Christmas party to go to and a house to decorate, this idea can help you kill two birds with one stone. Simply grab a green sweater, wrap it in tinsel and hang a few ornaments from it, too. Then, hold your arms up in a triangular shape and you’ve got both bases covered.

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10. Tree’s covered

Some might see this as a creative way to decorate a tree. However, wrapping a tree in a jacket and crowning it with a hat only begs the question, what is the point of buying a tree if you are going to completely cover it?

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9. Seasonal sauces

This one’s for the kings and queens of take-out – all those extra sauces brought to your doorstep can become a truly spectacular Christmas wreath. Bonus points if you can fashion a bow out of a couple of the packets like this person did.

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8. We loofah the holidays

Perhaps the person who hung this loofah on their Christmas tree thought that it looked kind of like a snowball, and the similarity made it an okay addition to their decor. We would wager, however, that they were just feeling lazy about decking the halls.

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7. Hairy Christmas

We’ve touched on wearable Christmas trees already, but this one’s on another level. Not only has this guy strategically shaved his hair into the shape of an evergreen, but he left just enough to festoon his furry fir with a bow. Bravo!

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6. Dress the part

Who knew there were so many wearable options when it comes to Christmas trees? This one is the perfect choice if you’ve got a formal holiday party to attend while also needing an evergreen for your home.

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5. Have a glovely holiday

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This handy tree would fit well in a medical or otherwise sterile environment. Simply grab a handful of latex gloves, fill them with air and assemble them into a festive finger pyramid. You can use any old bracelets and rings as ornaments, too!

4. Collegiate Christmas

No college party is complete without a pack of red Solo cups. Whether you’re a co-ed or you’re pretending to be a grown-up post-grad, you can use these handy holders to make a set of holiday bells. Plus, we’ve already seen that kegs make good Christmas trees…

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3. Blue Christmas

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If you’ve recently painted your house, you have all the supplies you need to set up this Christmas tree. And, according to the person who shared this image to Reddit, your children won’t even know their tree is subpar. We’d say that’s a win-win.

2. Christmas in July

In the land down under, Christmas takes place in the midst of summer. So, while we’re warming ourselves by the fire and sipping mulled wine, they’re waiting for Santa in the exhausting heat. Hence this person using a fan as a two-in-one Christmas tree.

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1. Scrooge says…

Have you ever opened a box of Christmas lights only to find them in a massive knotted pile? If you don’t feel patient enough to unfurl them on your own, here’s a nifty solution: throw the pile on the ground, plug it in and explain yourself with the above sign. Screw it – happy holidays!

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