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.

By - 12/22/14 - 12:50 pm

Every year, Hoa Nguyen ups the ante a bit on the decorations at his Adams Street home. Nick Cosky sent a drone up to show the full impact of their lights.

The Dorchester Reporter interviewed Nguyen.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 12/21/14 - 6:06 pm
Carolers in Jamaica Plain

Mike Fedore caught up with some carolers on Green Street in Jamaica Plain this evening.

By - 12/20/14 - 11:03 pm
Norton Street house in Readville lit up for Christmas

When you turn onto Norton Street from either River or Readville, just follow the blue glow in the sky to 26 Norton for the Canale family's annual Christmas celebration. You'll find an entire front yard full of glowing ornaments and lights, turning on and off to festive music. A life-size video Santa waves to you from inside the house.

Ken Canale Jr. and other family members will probably be outside to greet you, hand you a candy cane and urge you to check out the backyard as well:

By - 12/20/14 - 1:03 pm
Santa Claws in Boston

Outside James Hook on the waterfront.

By - 12/19/14 - 11:25 pm
Danvers Christmas lights

Greg Cook went on a road trip around the area, including to these houses on Arthur Street in Danvers.

By - 12/18/14 - 8:02 am
Santa barely hanging on in Roslindale

Fred White spotted Santa hanging around Washington Street in Roslindale yesterday.

By - 12/15/14 - 6:44 am
Bright lights in Dorchester

Kelcey Morange shows us a somewhat brightly lit house on Adams Street, near Victory, in Dorchester.