Christmas

By - 12/9/15 - 7:29 am
Greyhounds for Christmas in Boston

Ron photographed a pair of participants in the 11th Annual Jingle Bell Walk for the Greyhound Health Initiative in the Public Garden and Boston Common on Sunday.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/6/15 - 10:35 am
Santa Claus made of tin cans in Roslindale

The Tin Can Man of Glendower Street is now ready for wish lists.

Tin Can Man in shinier days.

By - 12/4/15 - 6:50 am
Canadians in front of the Boston Christmas tree, a gift from Nova Scotia

Photo by Communications Nova Scotia.

A pair of Mounties bracket Halifax, NS Mayor Mike Savage, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Andrea and Kyla MacEachern of Lorne, NS, who donated this year's Boston Tree as thanks for the aid Boston gave Halifax after an explosion in Halifax harbor in 1917 killed 2,000 and destroyed a large part of the city.

By - 12/2/15 - 5:39 pm

A correspondent writes about an incident early in the evening last Friday on Rte. 16 in Chelsea - and wonders if anybody else had run-ins with these trees: Read more.

By - 12/2/15 - 2:25 pm

A report from Nova Scotia on the preparations to cut down the province's annual gift to Boston for the aid we sent after the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

By - 11/30/15 - 7:56 am
Seasonal light show in Boston's Post Office Square Park

Nick Cosky enjoyed the lights in Post Office Square Park last night.

By - 11/28/15 - 5:29 pm
Kids spot Santa in Roslindale Square

Kids watch Santa working the crowd in Adams Park.

Santa and the Mayor arrived right on time in Roslindale Square to turn on the lights on the Adams Park Christmas tree this afternoon.

Mayor Walsh and a local kid switch on the tree as Santa and At-large Councilor Michelle Wu watch: Read more.

By - 11/4/15 - 3:58 pm
Salvation Army bell ringer in Downtown Crossing

Downtown Crossing bell ringer today. Photo by Craig Caplan.

It's barely the first week in November, and we already have a bell-ringer sighting.

MBTA North Station subway concourse about 3:40 pm.

Sure, the Army does some very good work. But do us all a favor and wait another six weeks before ringing your bells.

By - 10/4/15 - 9:01 pm
Christmas balloons at Star Market in Dedham

At the Star Market in Dedham tonight. The bulletin boards in the over-pumpkin-spiced lobby had green garlands.

By - 9/14/15 - 10:07 am
Xmas munchkins

Kethera asked for some Munchkins at her local Dunkin' Donuts this morning and now she wonders if she overslept by three months.

By - 1/2/15 - 7:23 pm
Missing snowman in Somerville; bring him back, you Scrooge

Spatch spotted this sign on Wallace Street near Davis Square today.

UPDATE: Karen Kneeland writes (in the comments): "It was a 5' tall three piece metal frame with plastic filament and multiple lights. He had black eyes (like coal) an orange nose and a stove pipe hat. And my granddaughter loved it."

By - 12/31/14 - 10:26 am
Dead Christmas tree in East Boston

A concerned citizen complains about the rush somebody appears to have been in to dispose of a Christmas tree at Havre and Maverick streets in East Boston.

By - 12/26/14 - 12:23 pm

The Lawrence Eagle-Tribune sums it up:

Nativity horror scene in Haverhill.

By - 12/25/14 - 10:30 pm
Early Christmas tree out for disposal

Adam Castiglioni noticed this tree out for disposal tonight on Charter Street in the North End.

Michael Ratty noticed a tree out for disposal around noon in the South End.

By - 12/25/14 - 11:54 am

Is this the year Chinese food and a movie jumped the shark for Jews on Christmas? With national media now making an annual ritual of Christmas Chinese food story (how come nobody ever writes about another Jewish tradition on Dec. 25: Filling in for Christian co-workers so they can have the day off?), more and more Christians are looking to join the fun. It's enough to make a foreign-policy chromedome at Tufts kvetch:

So, my dear Christian readers, I beg of you: On the day honoring the birth of your messiah, go to church. Or stay at home. But please, I implore you, defer going to a movie or grabbing some kung pao chicken until Dec. 26. On Dec. 25, leave Jewish Christmas for the Jews.

By - 12/24/14 - 10:05 am
Christmas baskets on a trolley line in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on with the baskets in this photo, taken Christmas, 1903 - and where it was taken. See it larger.

By - 12/23/14 - 11:38 am

Brookline Police alert us that the town is lifting its famous overnight parking ban on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.