This ad, printed sometime between 1875 and 1900, is from the Library of Congress collection.
Timothy West went to the annual Roslindale luminaria in Adams Park tonight.
Chris in Boston looked down Harvard Avenue in Allston.
New England Folklore recounts how even Puritans would unbuckle their hats and whoop it up over Christmas break, despite the best efforts of stern leaders such as Cotton Mather:
Historians have analyzed New England birth records from the early 18th century, and they've found that the largest number of children were born in September and October, roughly nine months after Christmas. Even more interesting, many of these children were born only seven months after their parents were married. In other words, they were conceived illegitimately during Christmas, and their parents only married once they realized a child was coming.
Erica Mattison watched a pair of Santas wheel down the new dedicated bike lane on Commercial Street in the North End this afternoon as part of a Santa ride.
BU Today reports a BU researcher has ripped the covers off Medford's claim to be home to "Jingle Bells," discovering that the guy who wrote the song couldn't have done so in a local tavern in 1850 since he was in California that year looking for gold. She couldn't say for certain where he did write it, but says some evidence points to a boarding house across the river in Boston, near the Old State House, where he'd moved after failing in the California gold rush and from which he would eventually flee - after orchestrating the song for blackface performers in a minstrel show in a Washington Street theater - abandoning his children and taking up arms for the Confederacy, for which he wrote fight songs.
Neil the roving UHub photographer stopped to snap the Public Garden duck family, now all ready for Christmas. Read more.
David Weininger reports that not only was this elf at Kendall Square on the Red Line playing an accordion this evening, she was playing "Paint It Black."
By the time these carolers finished a song as they stood atop the new Franklin Street entrance to the T around 12:50 p.m., there was one person to applaud them.
Girl Jo asks:
Anyone in Boston/surrounding area know any stores that stock Lagavulin 16 Year Single Malt? Holiday gift needed!
Benzo Amore got on the Orange Line at Downtown Crossing with Nonplussed Ol' St. Nick:
He says he knows when brakes are squeaking, when you are late.
Mark Novak knows it's the Christmas season when Community Boating lights up its Christmas sailboat along the Esplanade.
I get treated like Ebenezer Scrooge at holiday time. After all, there is no investment advisor in Boston’s Enchanted Village. But rather than admonish my readers to rein in spending, I’m recommending you treat yourself this season.
Santa and the mayor came to Adams Park in Roslindale Square today to help residents light up the neighborhood Christmas tree. Read more.
With exterior renovations finished on the Flour and Grain Exchange building on the Greenway, owner Related Beal has brought back the giant red bow that has long adorned it during the holiday season. Jed Hresko snapped this photo while watching workers install it.
Just a tiny bow.
The CBC reports the province treats the tree not just as thanks, but as tourism and seafood promotion. And that includes paying WCVB $75,000 to broadcast the tree getting lit on the Common each year - and $41,000 to the city of Boston.
WSRS, way up there on the FM dial, way out there in Worcester, is now pumping out Christmas music, Tyler reports.
The CBC reports this year's gift from Nova Scotia - to honor the aid Boston sent after the Halifax harbor explosion in 1917 - will be the first from Cape Breton.
The 14-metre white spruce will be taken from Crown-owned land close to the Waycobah First Nation.
The Nov. 15 tree-cutting will feature a drum group from Waycobah as well as a fiddler and bagpiper.