Nightmare Before Christmas Tree

20151102_220941With November, the Christmas season is officially on us. In the past I’ve slightly resented having to (mostly) put away Halloween for a year, but this year I figured out a way I can combine them and enjoy my dreaded yearly task of decorating the tree.

As soon as all the Halloween decorations went on clearance Nov. 1, I swooped in and bought an assortment to decorate a black Christmas tree I bought earlier. This is now in my office as my personal, Nightmare Before Christmas tree.

It needs a few more decorations, including a Skellington or two, but I look forward to the process. The regular tree will be set up in it’s usual spot and I won’t grumble so much decorating it.

20151102_223454I had a wonderful, festive time decorating—I put on the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack and had a pleasant time. Maybe all the chores I dread could be livened up with some fun decorations.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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