Today staffers Patrick and Maggie decorated the Christmas tree in the children’s room. Strings of popcorn are part of the decorations each year. I assure you, we do not sit around stringing corn year after year but rather save it for reuse. Actually, the corn that we are now using is 25 years old! Yes, you read that correctly. Marta and some library friends strung it a quarter of a century ago in the fall of 1987.
Now, here is the secret to our Christmas corn. It was popped using a hot air popper, thus no oil to become rancid. Once popped, it was left to sit for a week and then strung with a needle and thread. If you try and string it fresh it will break. We store it in brown, paper grocery bags in a cool room. While the smell and taste have long since faded, I sampled it every year for the first 8 years until it started to taste like Styrofoam, it still looks lovely on the tree.