Way before the calendar counts down to December 31, Christmas decor is up and ready for purchasing. From the dollar stores to all the name brand decor, the public is bombarded. Yet there are those who tire of the same colors and themes every year.
Geeks, on the other hand, have a few more options. One such theme is the wildly popular Doctor Who, which is a bit more festive than you might realize. Over the years, manufacturers have released a great deal more commercial Christmas decorations, and there are endless ideas that can add oomph to a holiday party at home or a designated area in your cubicle or office to bring the holidays to you at work.
UK traditions as seen on TV
Who is the Doctor? The Doctor is the protagonist of BBC’s long-running Doctor Who shows, a time-traveling, shape-shifting (but friendly) alien who is known as the last “time lord” from a planet called Gallifrey. Since 1963, the Doctor has entertained fans of sci-fi, creating a brand that spread out from t-shirts and toys to holiday decor itself. Christmas specials are released yearly for eager Whovians (an endearing name for the show’s fans) when the series takes a hiatus for a few months.
Based in the United Kingdom, fans are exposed to different traditions that are easy to replicate at home for a Whovian themed social gathering in the US. Christmas dinner in England resembles ours during November — traditionally it’s celebrated with turkey, sides like fresh cranberry sauce, Brussel sprouts, and potatoes. Another popular custom is Christmas Crackers, which resemble a wrapped up toilet paper roll. A quick tug by you and a friend, and out pops a small piece of paper with a terrible joke, a tissue paper crown, and often a small toy for children (some are designed for adults and have prizes such as earrings or necklaces).
Decking the Whovian halls
Decorating for a party can consist of DIY decor or commercially created trim. Hanging premade ornaments such as TARDIS (the Doctor’s spaceship) shaped lights in addition to premade Doctor Who related ornaments. If you are handy, create handmade decorations such as tiny fezzes (a favorite hat of the eleventh Doctor) by poking holes into little red cups, stringing blue lights through them, gluing on a small black tassel and stringing up fez-like lights over your place. There are many options to give your home a Doctor Who-esque theme. Blue lights, the signature color of TARDIS, can add flair to any Who decor.
Spray paint bowls with metallic gold or silver for decorations which resemble enemies such as the Daleks (their outer armor is filled with half bowl shapes). If fact, any weird gadget you pick up can be added as decor to a shelf or table, since the Doctor can find use in any object.
You can discover themed food-related recipe ideas from your favorite episodes as part of your spread. Line your tables with blue tablecloths, utensils, and plates purchased from dollar outlets for a thrifty way to save.
Decorate the Christmas tree with Who-themed ornaments or even just strings of a variety of different shaped blue lights. You can make the entire tree a Dalek, complete with sticking a whisk, plunger, and those metallic sprayed bowls into the branches. Concocting such a distinctive sci-fi themed holiday is a new way to celebrate and begin a new tradition.