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Monthly Newsletter #12: What a Holly Jolly Holiday

By: burgundy bug

Handcrafted Christmas ornaments by a local elementary school at Longwood Gardens

Source: Holiday in the Garden 2019 | Penelope Peru Photography

Well everyone, congratulations. We made it through the holiday season – can we get one last “ho ho ho” up in here?

Monthly Recap

With our sleigh bells ring-a-ling-a ding-dong-dinging, we rode into this month rocking around the Christmas tree to London-based singer/songwriter Ebony Buckle’s latest single, “Susan.”

Then, Peter gave us five gift ideas for the ultimate fashionista.

Next, Hala Karim shared her experiences teaching at charter schools, detailing the challenges and exploitations charter school teachers face.

Then, Mahik’s delighted us with her festive poem, “Christmas Eve” and we tuned in to an interview with local, indie-electric group Marcelyn.

After our review of “The Marriage of Figaro,” we shared information about the Academy of Vocal Art’s next opera production, “BrAVA Philadelphia!”

Then, we celebrated our one-year anniversary and released a DIY sticker tutorial.

Following our list of easy DIY gifts for kids, Teri Anderson delighted us with her latest textiles.

Then, we spoke to New York-based pop-artist PETRA about her latest album, “Dancing Without You.” PETRA also debuted her official merch store, which features apparel, totebags, and more!

After directing our artist spotlight toward Dani DiPirro (@positivelypresent), Two Classy Chics taught us how to create our own snowy night snowman seashells.

Next, we discussed Value Penguin’s national survey that found millennials are 82 percent more likely to buy live Christmas trees than baby boomers.

Then, The Black Princess Diaries discussed the challenges of working through the holidays and shared a few tips for keeping spirits high while dealing with Scrooges in the workplace. 

Afterward, we directed our artist spotlight toward our toward Natalie Lundeen to gawk at her adorable, hand-painted, wooden ornaments.

Next, Sodexo gave us five tips for avoiding a gingerbread disaster and The Savy Age taught us how to make snowman giftbags.

Then, we directed our artist spotlight toward Zeynep. We also released our review of Maja Säfström’s “Amazing Facts About Baby Animals” book, which had previously been featured in “The Burgundy Zine #11: History and Holidays.”

After directing our artist spotlight toward makeup enthusiast Lena Leew, The Black Princess Diaries warmed our hearts with her love for Christmas.

Next, we tuned in to an interview with the New York-based pianist and singer-songwriter Julia Klot to learn more about her life-long love for music, her latest album “Brooklyn,” and her upcoming release show at Rockwood Music Hall.

Then, we tuned in to Manic.’s latest single, “Through,” a somber acoustic track perfect for getting you through the winter blues.

Afterward, we directed our artist spotlight toward Natalia Bennett to revel in her fun and festive Christmas artwork and released “The Burgundy Zine #12: It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Craftmas.”

Last, but most certainly not least, we discussed the effects of exercise on the digestive tract and took a look at the potential for medical psilocybin.

Going Forward

Going forward, we will begin releasing content for our January issue, “Dawn of a New Decade,” which will highlight what defined the 2010s both culturally and personally for our contributors with a look at what’s currently going on in the world.

More information about submitting content for the January issue will be released this week.

There’s a lot in store for us in 2020 and we can’t thank you enough for being a part of our journey. It’s been a wonderful first year together and we have many more ahead of us.

While you’re waiting for our monthly highlights to come out on Penelope Peru Photography, why not pitch us a few articles for our next issue

Until next month,
burgundy bug >:^)

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A cynical optimist and mad scientist undercover, burgundy bug is the editor, graphic designer, webmaster, social media manager, and primary photographer for The Burgundy Zine. Entangled in a web of curiosity, burgundy bug’s work embodies a wide variety of topics including: neuroscience, psychology, ecology, biology, cannabis, reviews, fashion, entertainment, and politics. You can learn more about working with burgundy bug by visiting her portfolio website: burgundybug.com

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