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LTP: 11/28

Good morning Persephoneers! (Or good whatever it is where you’re reading!) It’s Monday morning once again, and here in the Persephone offices (meaning our living rooms), we’re buckling down to bring you a really great week of content. 

We’re coming up like a freight train on the winter holidays, so today I want to know if you decorate and how. I’m hauling out my quarter-century-old artificial Christmas tree from storage as I type this. I haven’t decorated since sometime in the nineties; I’m trying to make my heart grow three sizes this year.

By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

9 replies on “LTP: 11/28”

I decorate! But, one of my roommates is very allergic to Christmas trees. So, the decorating we do in the house is limited to twinkle lights and things that sparkle. Living in the suburbs surrounded by families, I’m getting the sense that we should start keeping up with the Joneses- not because of any sense of competition, but because when the whole street seems to be lit up, it puts us in the decorating mood!

I haven’t decided if I’m going to decorate this year. We’re living with my mother-in-law, and I’m not sure there’s room here for the huge artificial tree I bought last year. Plus, destructive toddler. I think i’ll be sad if I don’t decorate at least a little bit, but not sure it’ll be worth the headache.

Yes! We’re decorating! But keeping things simple (ish). Decorations are as follows: Christmas bunting and Christmas tree. The bunting is because i wanted something we could easily bring out year after year and put up easily. The tree is going to be crammed with lovely wooden decorations, dried orange slices, gingerbread, cinnamon and whatever results from our four-year-old and a combination of cardboard, glitter and ribbon!

And it’ll all be coming out on Thursday! Woo!!

The Red Cross has a great shop for the people who have everything but you still feel the need to buy gifts for. You can get things like X number of vaccinations for kids, X emergency kits, etc. It’s a great present for people who care about that sort of thing and who don’t need more crap cluttering their house.

EDIT: I am sooooo sleepy. I read “do you donate” not “do you decorate.” I’m going to leave this anyway because it’s a good link. But to answer the question, no we do not decorate. We celebrate Christmas secularly with our families, but the Mister is areligious and I have a complicated relationship with organized religion. Sometimes we tape up the cards we’ve received from friends and family, if I’m on the ball enough, but that’s it.

Yes, I decorate! We decided not to move this Christmas season and just renew our lease on our crappy (but rent controlled!) apartment for another year so we can save up moving expenses and get through like, our wedding and stuff, before we throw a chunk of change at deposits and whatnot. Which means: we can afford Christmas. HALLELUJAH. I am plotting in my brain all the lovely things I’ll deck my halls with.

Why does that sound like an innuendo?

At home, my job was to set up my mother’s olivewood manger scene every year. We haven’t had a big tree before, and probably won’t this year, because (crappy apartment!) there’s nowhere to put it. But we will hopefully get a table-top one and enjoy trimming THAT.

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