Baked your last pecan pie? Wrapped your last gift? Belted our your last carol? Put the final touch on your rental Christmas tree? Grab a generous glass o' nog (spiked at your own discretion), sneak away, and take a gander at these green home news items collected especially for your holiday weekend perusal. And be sure to check out MNN's extensive Christmas coverage — including stories on the plight of reindeereco-gingerbread houses, and an ire-sparking post on scaling back on extravagant holiday yard displays — while you're at it. I'll be back on Monday — well-rested and probably 10 pounds heavier — with a fresh batch of green home goodness. Merry Merry.

Inhabitat stands back to ogle a Christmas tree-shaped sculpture in Shanghai made from 1,000 Heineken beer bottles. As nifty as the tree looks (that's it pictured above), there's one eco-caveat: the bottles aren't empties. 
The New York Times comes bearing happy, holiday-related news: sales of long-lasting, low-energy LED Christmas lights have skyrocketed this holiday season. 
Ecofriend admires Matthew Seibert's artificial (non-Christmas) tree that generates clean, residential electricity via a wind turbine and photovoltaic cells. 
EcoHome makes a tankless water heater-heavy list and checks it twice: the "Top 20 Reader-Requested Green Products of 2009." 
Natural Home chats with Heather Ferrier, owner of greenest lil' passive-solar house in Texas. 
The Wall Street Journal chats about an emerging new green building trend: net-zero energy residential communities. 
GLiving digs the gorgeous, off-the-grid itHouse designed by LA-based Taalman Koch. 
TreeHugger reports that a "California Study Finds New Homes Are Toxic." 
The Daily Green hosts an extensive slideshow featuring homes and offices built from shipping containers. 
Jetson Green congratulates homeowners/architects Doug Glasglow and Yun Lee. Their Decatur, Ga., abode is the first renovated home in the Southeast to receive LEED Platinum recognition.
Apartment Therapy unleashes The Homies, an annual awards extravaganza that celebrates the best and brightest shelter blogs. And whaddya know, this here blog has been nominated in the Green Home category. Stop on by and add MNN as a favorite
The Los Angeles Times tours the White House and admires the eco-friendly holiday flourishes around the First Residence. Take a peek for yourself in the video below. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Playing Catch up: Yuletide linkage
My gift to you: A dozen green home links for your enjoyment over the long holiday weekend.