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Deck the (Residence) Halls: The Art of Dorm Decorating

This year, The Rock at Boston College is doing the season of joy in a big way by generating new content every day in our first ever “25 Days of Christmas.” The Rock is proud to present this installment in our holiday special.


When I was little, my mom used to drive my sister and me all around town to look at the Christmas decorations up on each of the houses. Every year, people would get more extravagant with blow-up Santas, fake reindeer, and strings of lights covering every inch of the house. While my family still sticks to traditional white lights, I’ve always felt that Christmas decorations are what mark the beginning of the holiday season.  Between stringing lights, dressing up the Christmas tree with all of my favorite ornaments, and hanging our monogrammed stockings on the mantle over the fireplace, there is something special about decorations.  While our dorm rooms might not allow for the same level of creativity, there are plenty of ways to spruce them up in time for the holidays. Check out a few of our favorite rooms on campus for some ideas.

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While most people only think to decorate the inside our their rooms, there’s no reason not to let the rest of your floor enjoy some holiday spirit as well. With a Christmas tree, some ornaments, a handful of snowflakes, and a chimney complete with Santa’s feet, you’ll have the best looking door on your floor.

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If you’re lucky enough to have a common room with a big window, this is the perfect place for a Christmas tree and draping lights.  The lovely ladies in this room even added a cutout of a little flame to hang right on top of the tree. Add some festive tinsel for a pop of color and get creative with open space on the walls; the makeshift clock in this room makes it seem nice and homey. Of course, everything is better with a bow on top.

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Whether you live in a double or an 8-man, personalizing the room is key.  Stockings are a Christmas tradition and, in my opinion, pretty underrated.  Although they usually contain little gifts such as chocolates, classic Christmas socks, or gift cards, stockings are an added bonus to everything that is typically under the tree.  Whether you use construction paper or buy your own stockings, these are easy to personalize and decorate with a bit of glitter glue. Take a break from studying for finals, heat up some hot chocolate, and add a few personal touches to your room.


While most of us living on campus have doubles and common room, there are a select few on campus who are lucky enough to live somewhere full of festive possibilities.  One could say that the little red houses, known fondly by all as the Mods, are festive year-round.  However, with an entire downstairs level (and no stairs or elevators to climb with a full Christmas tree), the residents of the Mods can get a little extra crazy with their decorations. Take a peek at some more of the decorations in Rock writer Bia Lyrio’s mod.


In contrast, some of us don’t have so much free space.  Rock writer Kate Lewis and her roommates, who lived in a 4-man suite in Walsh last year, learned how to make the most of a small area with lots (and lots and lots) of snowflakes. All you really need is printer paper and a pair of scissors and you’ll have a brand new wallpaper. The whole suite got into the spirit–including their life-size cut-out of Peeta from The Hunger Games, who might be the best decoration of all.


Whether it’s Christmas lights and tinsel or stockings and cutout snowflakes, there are plenty of ways to make your room festive before the break.  With such a nice looking room, you might not even want to camp out in the library during finals. Happy decorating!

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