By - 12/25/10 - 4:23 pm

Fire pillars

By - 12/24/10 - 7:05 pm

Home for the holidays

Scott Eisen was at the Hingham Armory today when the 1058th Transportation Company of the National Guard returned home from Iraq.

Copyright Scott Eisen.

By - 12/24/10 - 10:04 am

Merry Quackmas

Julie C. discovers Mrs. Mallard and the ducklings have gotten in the holiday spirit.

By - 12/22/10 - 6:44 am

Bob Ward makes some valid points in his rant about how much better New York does Christmas than Boston these days: We get the second-string Rockettes now and have to drive to Avon to see the Enchanted Village.

But he just can't leave bad enough alone:

How did you let it all slip away? Is Christmas really that politically incorrect? Are people really offended by the idea of Christmas? I remind you, the song is called Joy to the World, not Joy to the Christian World.

By - 12/21/10 - 7:16 am

William McAdoo teaches us (well, me) something new: "Jingle Bells" was originally written about sleigh races down Salem Street (Savannah, GA can just shut it with its claim to the song).

By - 12/20/10 - 9:42 am

Fitzgerald's maudlin Christmas column today (about some woman who hasn't talked to her daughter in years) got me to thinking: Hey, waitaminnit, what about his annual The Jew Who Loves Christmas column? Why, his column about a Jew fighting the War on Christmas is as much a part of Christmas in Boston as the Enchanted Village the tree at the Prudential Center Santas in Speedos.

By - 12/20/10 - 8:57 am

Santa on the keyboard

Those tips add up. Leslee caught him in action the other day at Dartmouth and Newbury streets.

By - 12/19/10 - 7:18 pm


Greg Cook took photos at Rockport's Nativity pageant.

By - 12/19/10 - 12:13 pm

Santa and his reindeer

Rob Stanhope posted photos from the Somerville Jingle Run today.

By - 12/11/10 - 4:12 pm


Looks like Santa dropped into the Back Bay today to check on his helpers during the annual SSR charity run. Courtney Sacco snapped his photo.

How many of the runners do you think were grateful the run was today instead of yesterday? Scott Eisen captured some:

Santa's helpers

Historygradguy took in the start of the race:

Race start

Photos copyright by Courtney Sacco, Scott Eisen and Historygradguy, respectively. Sacco's and Historygrad guy's photos posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr; Eisen's photo used by permission.

By - 12/6/10 - 11:16 pm

Charlie Brown trees

Anali spotted these Charlie Brown trees for sale the other day in Downtown Crossing.

By - 11/30/10 - 9:51 pm

Dirty Water takes us on a tour of the Washington Street of yore.

By - 11/30/10 - 7:05 am

Masshole Mommy reports that not only has she finished all her Christmas shopping - and Christmas-card writing - she and family have completed all the rounds of the local Christmas-y attractions.

By - 11/29/10 - 12:30 pm

The Friends of the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary are holding a holiday bazaar on Thurs.,, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pick up discounted restaurant and salon gift certificates, various yummies, clothing and accessories. Party of Gold will be there as well, buying used silver and gold jewelry. Proceeds to the Child Life Program. 243 Charles St.

By - 11/28/10 - 8:02 pm

Find an even dozen Christmas-tree ornaments with a Boston theme (from Swan Boats to Red Sox) in the Universal Hub store.

By - 11/28/10 - 10:42 am

Gloucester begins construction of the lobster-trap Christmas tree.

By - 11/27/10 - 10:13 pm

Christmas lights

The Ohnemus family of Medway really likes Christmas, Paul Keleher discovered.

By - 11/26/10 - 10:52 am

Time Out Boston lists some different places to get gifts this season, from the MIT Glass Lab Holiday Sale to the Fort Point Artist Community’s 12th Annual Holiday Sale.