'Twas the Night Before Christmas tells us that our stockings must be hung by the chimney with care — but what happens if you don't have a chimney?

It's a sad thought to think that Santa would skip over your household just because you don't have a traditional mantle to hang your Christmas stockings on. Fortunately, that will never happen because we have 10 clever places to hang them that are even better than a fireplace, chimney or mantle.

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1. Fake a mantle with a shelf

Image: The Golden Sycamore

The Golden Sycamore used some simple twine and a couple of clothespins to create a gorgeous scene for the family's stockings.

2. Use an open wall

An open wall is the perfect place to string up your stockings. Just use some 3M Command hooks (Target, $4) to hang them up, then cover the hooks with some strategically placed garland.

3. DIY wall mantle

Image: Brit + Co

This cute cloth mantle takes a little skill and elbow grease, but the outcome is adorable. Brit + Co has step-by-step directions here.

4. Season-appropriate hooks

Image: I Heart Naptime

I Heart Naptime has a fun DIY for this display using scrap wood, an old pair of men's pajama pants and reindeer hooks from Hobby Lobby.

5. An old ladder

Image: The Everyday Home

Farmhouse style is so in right now, and hanging your stockings from a worn-in ladder is totally on trend.

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Originally published December 2013. Updated December 2016.

6. On your curtain rod

Image: Rain on a Tin Roof

Rain on a Tin Roof hung their stockings with care with a little ribbon on a curtain rod, and the result really adds that much more holiday cheer to the living room.

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7. On a coat rack

Image: Jenna Sue Design Co.

Jenna Sue Design Co.'s knit stockings look beautiful hanging on a simple coat rack already living on the wall.

8. On the staircase

Stockings hung on railings add a pop of Christmas to your staircase.

9. Hanging from a tree branch

Image: Poppytalk

There's just something so pretty about bringing nature indoors, and hanging your Christmas stockings on a simple branch accomplishes it perfectly.

10. Rustic holders made especially for stockings

Image: Etsy

Sturdy brushed bronze hooks set on rustic wood planks are an incredibly easy way to display stockings, and they'll last for years to come. (Etsy, $11 each)

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