All I Want for Christmas

It’s that time of year again–the holiday season. Personally, my work has been playing Christmas music since Halloween started, so I’ve been over the holidays for about a month now.

Putting that aside, there are many ways out there for book lovers to celebrate the season with book-based cheer!

(Credit: Mary Murtz)

Ah yes, the first adaptation involves killing trees, but not to rot away in your living room while leaving a pile of pine needles on your floor. Instead, clear off your bookshelf and make yourself a book tree!

Maybe a tree isn’t your style–how about, oh, I don’t know, making a book wreath out of an old or unwanted (hard to imagine, right?) book of your choosing.

This can turn that misguided gift of, say, Fifty Shades of Grey from a friend who knows that you like books and saw it on a table listed as a best seller into a beautiful centerpiece that’s good during and after the holiday season. Just hope that no one reads it too closely.

Even if you stick with a traditional tree, you can decorate it with book ornaments from Etsy.Com.

You can go with these classy glass ornaments filled with lines from books.

This happens to feature Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Or, if comic books are your thing, you can order some paper pine comic book ornaments.

Can I insert a pun about how graphic this looks? Get it? Graphic? Comics? Graphic novels? Oh, never mind.

Or you could literally dress the tree with mini wooden book ornaments.

More than Percy Jackson is available from this seller. They say that almost any book cover is available.

So while you are busy decking the halls and being merry, go ahead and add a little of yourself and your love for books to your holiday decor. I think I’m going to go home and rearrange all the books on my bookshelf into a book tree. Happy early holidays.

– Amanda Riggle


About ThePandaBard

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs. You can follow Amanda on Twitter @ThePandaBard, on Pinterest @ThePandaBard, or on Medium @ThePandaBard. You can also find her research on Academia.Edu at Cpp.Academia.Edu/MandaRiggle.
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