Confessions of a Stealth Holiday Decorator

Illustration by Gracia Lam

Illustration by Gracia Lam. Isn’t it great?

Never in my life have a sold a personal essay so quickly. I sent “Confessions Of A Stealth Holiday Decorator” to The Boston Globe Magazine on a lark, hoping they’d take an interest. Within a week, the magazine bought it. Two weeks later it was in print and online.

The timing could not have been better, either, for I had been in a bit of a dry spell, unable to get nibbles on my creative writing. The submission process always has a lot of ebb and flow, of course, but 2015 had a heckuva lot of ebb.

Long story short, Boston gave me the most wicked awesome Christmas present ever.

Read the story here!



84 thoughts on “Confessions of a Stealth Holiday Decorator

  1. Nicely done. I’m the only one who decorates and now that the progeny have flapped out of the nest decorating is not done at all unless they threaten, I mean hint about coming home for Christmas. My concession is leaving up lights all year: my bargain Ikea star lights in the entry room window, the twinkle lights in kitchen, and the string of lights on the garage. A flip of the switch and we are in “holly jolly Christmas” because it’s Christmas all year for me not when ad-land says so. Carolers? A nice Dickensen touch, I’d say.

  2. Adorable, Mike! I wish my husband would follow your lead! Decorating can definitely be a chore, but it’s always so worth it when you’re finished and can enjoy the festive feeling it brings. We bought a real tree this year, but cheaped out on the stand… so guess what I woke up to this morning? It’s leaning in the corner as I write this, with ornaments all over the floor! In my house, stuff like that is typical, though, so I just laugh. Happy holidays to you and your family! 🙂

  3. A big Christmas Congratulations, Mike! I loved the story. Another Christmas “miracle” for you to share with your wife. (Not that it is a miracle, considering how well you write.) Decorating is something I no longer do, being that it is now only me. But I still enjoy a well-placed Santa. 🙂

  4. Boston Globe! That sounds pretty swanky, Mike. Congrats on the “flow.” A great story – I should make my husband read it…maybe he’ll surprise me. Um…Not!
    Merry Christmas to you, Ellen, and Alex.

  5. You have the nicest, lightest tough with humor. I love how the whole family is brought in, and especially how you end it, giving the last line to Ellen (the mark of an experienced married man, lol). Mad props for the speedy and well-deserved publication, Writer Fellow!

  6. My roommate and I are currently in the process of putting together door decorations for our apartment’s competition. There’s $200 in rent money at stake here, which just makes our bickering all the more heated, lol. But ultimately it’s going to turn out great, if only because it’s Pixar themed.

  7. I am so excited for you! I remember your post on this – last year? You inspire us, to see how a well-written post can be transformed into a piece for an established newspaper. Yay!! And congrats.

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