I made a satanic tree skirt. Actually, I made two, but the first one turned out kind of gentle, far more pagan than satanic.
The first one was for me. White fur with a glittery pentacle, fringed in red pom poms. I stand behind it. All of my new friends in Austin are pretty establishment, so when they see my house or the way I dress on my own time, and certainly the crafts I engage in, I feel distinctly reminded of my mother's gentle disapproval. I still love you, but I don't like this.
So they didn't really get the tree skirt.
But I love it. I smile every time I see it. Although my taste is that of a spinster aunt in 1967, I feel very happy to know what I like. I will never struggle to decorate a house. I will never be unsure what image I wish to project. I will never be unsure of what I want to surround myself with for the rest of my life.
The only thing that inhibits me is lack of space, and my student loans.
I've struggled with Christmas in my adult life. It's hard to preserve the childhood magic of a holiday when you scorn the way other people celebrate it, and when you hate religion. But winter has always been a welcome, happy time for me, and I like to observe the way the year turns. I like to see different things in the house, and in my familiar landscape. I like a sense of occasion and ritual. I love to buy presents for other people, and I'm very good at it. So what to do?
Just do it. I was too cool and noncompliant to celebrate anything from holidays to birthdays in my mid 20s, I was like an atheist Jehovah's Witness, but now I just don't give a fuck. I go there. I have a pink tree decorated with antique German glass ornaments. Don't you know holidays are just another way to amass interesting shit?
After I made my tacky pagan tree skirt, I received a request for the gag gift of an unapologetically satanic tree skirt. Christmas is hard for atheists, I think they feel guilty celebrating something so heavily knitted together with Christianity. But when you throw in a tree skirt emblazoned with a baphomet, it feels a little bit easier.
I don't want to show it completely yet because I'm not finished, but I'm very happy with it.
A baphomet made of sequins. There will be pom poms. It may be the greatest thing I've ever created.
I hesitated when the girl at the fabric store eyed my armload of black felt and blood red pom poms. "Whatcha...makin?" she asked. Oh, nothing...
I think this theme combines well with my interest in the overblown tackiness of Hollywood Regency and late 60s ultra lush absurdity. Although Anton LaVey was a silly fool, he cultivated a finely articulated aesthetic that still appeals today. A mix of the medieval and the swinging 60s, with lush velvets, skulls, knives, altars, black candles, topless "witches" with big hair, fake blood, ancient books, bejeweled goblets, I could go on.
I never really bought into his philosophy, because it's for men - ridiculous men. It's all plagiarized from Ragnar Redbeard's 1890 publication "Might is Right," which basically espouses a hedonistic "fuck all y'all" attitude, but which does ring true on some topics, such as how it's ok to reject the contemporary flow of society when you know it to be wrong, even when it means ostracization, because you must be strong enough to withstand the slings of smaller people and smart enough to know they will come. Subtler souls prefer Nietzsche.
LaVey does make unique recommendations for women, which you can read in his book, "The Satanic Witch," and which are pathetic and condescending and all about fashioning sexual snares. His ideas about female beauty really show his age and plebian tastes, too. He may have made his bones in the late 60s, but he was already a bit old then, and his tastes seem so stodgy. He's all about garters and brown pantyhose, bad blonde dye jobs and blue eyeshadow. The ideal woman he described seemed to belong in a bingo hall to me. Truly, only idiots idolize LaVey, but he is a fun character, and I do like that he organized all of these ideas into a formal "religion", recognized as tax exempt by the US government. It's all a fun joke that may bring the attention of young people to ideas they should think about.
And therefore, satanic Christmas tree skirt.