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I've finally managed to get some decorating done around the house, and waded my way through some piles of items I've been meaning to sort. It always amazes me how much stuff one person can amass.
The other project I'm working on is clearing my bookshelves of my Pagan/witchy books in time for my cousin's visit on Christmas day. While my parents, brother and friends have been aware of my beliefs for a while now, my extended family has not been informed. Primarily because my extened family consists of extremely enthusiastic Baptists. And because I don't want to be the next contestant on "Inquisition" - sitting in front of a panel of my uncles (one pastor and two deacons) and Jesus.
I love my family. Really. And I do enjoy their company. So making things awkward by loudly proclaiming that I don't celebrate the birth of Christ anymore while hoisting a pinecone above my head and giving a speech about how Christians claimed Yule as their own doesn't sit right with me. Plus - my mother would kill me if I ruined Christmas. So there's that.
The only issue is - what the hell do I put on my bookshelves once all the Pagan books are gone? Some artful arragements of the hundred-ish angel figurines my cousin has been gifting me for 15 or so Christmases perhaps.
Is there anything you hide when family comes to visit? (Aside from the naughty movies.)