Disclaimer: This article is meant to be satire. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the author or of TRBC.
There are many things that Boston College takes seriously, and among those things are dorm room Christmas decorations. Here at BC, Catholicism is a cornerstone of campus life, academics, and tradition, so obviously, Christmas is a particularly cherished time of the year, being the most important Christian holiday. Therefore, it’s only fair that you put the amount of effort into your decorating that is merited by your role as a student at this school. Thankfully, in order to help you out and make sure your decorations are BC-approved, I’ve compiled a few tips.
First and foremost, there is no such thing as too many lights; don’t listen to anyone that might tell you otherwise. Go full-on Clark Griswold on this one. It’s an easy way to add a lot of luminous Christmas spirit to your room in a short amount of time, and people who see them through your window will gaze in admiration. The manufacturers even made it possible to daisy-chain the strands together, so the electrical possibilities are endless. And as if it wasn’t easy enough, BC even put sprinkler heads conveniently positioned in most rooms so you don’t have to use as many Command hooks.
Next, make sure you buy incandescent lights. LED lights have gained a strong foothold in the Christmas light market recently, but trust me, they just can’t hold a candle to incandescent ones. Not only do they give off a warmer vibe than LEDs because their light isn’t as harsh, but they also literally make your room warmer with all the heat they produce, which can really help during cold Boston nights. Plus, if you get cold easily, take the next step and buy a few scented candles for your room. There’s nothing like the scent of gingerbread, peppermint, or pine needles to make your room feel extra Christmas-y.
In speaking of pine needles, you and your roommates need to invest in a Christmas tree. You have to have a place to put all the wrapped presents that you’re definitely going to get for each other, and most trees really don’t take up that much space once you get them inside. I know it’s tempting to do your wallet a favor and get an artificial tree, but take my word for it and get a real one. Its fresh smell will put you in a wintery forest wonderland, and they don’t shed as many needles as people say they do. You can even hang a little mistletoe for when your crush from chemistry class comes over to study for the final.
Now that you’ve decked out your room with the correct décor, you’re ready to tackle the Christmas season in true BC fashion. Take a few seconds to enjoy it before you go camp out in O’Neill for the next two weeks.