Christmas

By - 12/9/17 - 10:15 pm
Santas in Speedos in Boston

Photographynatalia took in the annual Speedo-clad Santa run through the Back Bay today.

Copyright Photographynatalia. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 12/2/17 - 11:25 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the link between the now former clerk at Somerville District Court and the North End Athletic Association's normally annual Christmas parade and helicopter drop-in by Santa Claus.

By - 11/30/17 - 10:25 pm
Expensive Charlie Brown Christmas tree in Kendall Square

Kate Wilson spotted these $45 tabletop trees in Kendall Square and wondered if that's really the going rate in the Boston area or are they just carrying that Kendall Square premium.

Marainniss quickly replied that with just a little searching, you could do better. Like try this apparently free pitiful tree on the center platform at the Park Street Red Line stop: Read more.

By - 11/21/17 - 9:41 am
Holiday lighting at Christopher Columbus Park

Juliana watched the annual holiday lighting of the trellis in Christopher Columbus Park last night.

By - 11/20/17 - 4:17 pm
Flour and Grain Exchange with a bow in downtown Boston

Every year, the Beal Companies put a big red bow on the Flour and Grain Exchange Building on Milk Street downtown for Christmas. Jed Hresko watched it go up today.

By - 11/17/17 - 2:35 pm
Christmas Tree in Halifax

Roving UHub photographers don't let international borders stop them from bringing you the views you can use. Today, roving UHub photographer Chris Chatterton shows us the official Nova Scotia Christmas tree on its way to Boston through downtown Halifax.

Nova Scotia, of course, sends Boston a tree each year as thanks for the help we sent them after one of the worst explosions in history there in 1917.

By - 10/22/17 - 7:19 pm
Halloween and Christmas stuff out at the same time

Merry Halloween at the Dedham Lowe's today.

By - 1/4/17 - 9:11 am
Old Christmas trees on pedestrian bridge over Rte. 2 on Arlington/Belmont line

There's probably a good reason why the pedestrian bridge over Rte. 2 at the Arlington/Belmont line is packed with all the old Christmas trees that David Weininger spotted this morning.

By - 12/24/16 - 7:02 pm

Patty spotted this luminaria this evening on Maxfield Street in West Roxbury.

John Gage, meanwhile, took a walk through the Public Garden tonight: Read more.

By - 12/24/16 - 4:26 pm
Bailey's Candies on West Street in Boston

This ad, printed sometime between 1875 and 1900, is from the Library of Congress collection.

By - 12/21/16 - 6:44 pm
Luminaria in Roslindale

Timothy West went to the annual Roslindale luminaria in Adams Park tonight.

By - 12/20/16 - 6:00 pm
Harvarvd Avenue in Allston

Chris in Boston looked down Harvard Avenue in Allston.

By - 12/11/16 - 4:02 pm

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.

By - 12/10/16 - 6:57 pm
Santas on a tandem bike in Boston's North End

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.

By - 12/8/16 - 2:04 pm

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.

By - 12/7/16 - 5:25 pm
Mrs. Mallard in her Christmas finest in the Public Garden

Neil the roving UHub photographer stopped to snap the Public Garden duck family, now all ready for Christmas. Read more.