Fact of life #1 for college kids: Zero money.
Sometimes that doesn't really stop us from spending like we do have money, especially now that we're seeing all these holiday themed ads everywhere. For a lot of us (i.e. me) it doesn't feel like Christmas without a tree, but financially & functionally (pine tree = major fire hazard in apartment buildings) they're an impossibility.
Solution: an adorable DIY Christmas tree! Sheet of pretty paper go for literally cents at craft stores like Archivers, Michaels, etc. Once again, sourced from Anthology Mag. You can like them on facebook if you want to follow their posts.
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