This is one law that I guarantee most of the people in Boston are glad was changed. It was once, a long time ago, against the law to celebrate Christmas in Boston. And even after the law was repealed, it took along time for people to look at Christmas as a good thing. It was only a little over 20 years, a small space of time in the overall scheme of things, and yet a whole generation was born and grown to adulthood in that time and they had never celebrated Christmas, so they had no inclination to do so The law was put in place by the Puritans in 1659 and it took almost 200 years for Christmas to become popular again.
Thank goodness it did, because look at all the great holiday events happening in and around Boston this year. They are all free for children In some cases, there is a small fee for adults, but you do get something in return. And don’t forget to bring your camera. You will want to make a permanent record to view for many years to come.
Christmas starts early in Boston, the beginning of November, actually, with The 20th Annual Boston Christmas Festiva lhttp://www.christmascraftfestival.com / at the Seaport World Trade Center Boston, MA this year the event will be held on November 3,4,&5. There is a $12 fee for adults, but children are free. In addition to being able to get a good head start on your Christmas Shopping from the over 300 artisans offering one of a kind merchandise, you will get to sample gourmet foods and the kids will lover the gingerbread house competition. These houses are works of art, almost too pretty to eat.
There is a new tradition starting up this year in Boston. Macy’s Boston Christmas Tree Lighting The 1st annual Macy’s Boston Christmas Tree Lighting will be on Friday, November 24th, from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Summer Street. And there is much more than the tree lighting. When Macy’s does something they go the full nine yards. There will be free entertainment and of course a visit from the man himself, Santa Claus. Bing the kids an have a great time.
Faneuil Hall Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Faneuil Hall is the site of the lighting of the official Boston Christmas Tree. http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/ The date of the lighting is Sat., Nov. 18, 2006, you will want to be there if at all possible. Best thing is this one is free. There will be free music from the Boston Symphony and the marketplace will be turned into a fairyland with lights everyplace imaginable. The mayor gets to throw the switch as Santa makes his rounds. And in December there are more celebrations at Faneuil Hall with the Bells of Boston at Faneuil Hall Marketplace Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, & 23, 2006 featuring Bell ringing ensemble performances. Imagine walking around with all the lights beaming and the beautiful music of the bells. And as if the bells are not enough, there is more on Dec. 9-. Tuba ensembles from New England perform classics and holiday music. If this does not put you in the holiday mood, nothing will.
The Prudential Center http://www.prudentialcenter.com/is another Boston spot that knows how to celebrate a holiday
Come to the PRU every Friday from December 1 through December 22 and have yourself a great time. As you stroll among the shops ou will be entertained by bell ringers, strolling carolers, and jazz trios at On Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. there will be some extra special family friendly entertainment including Irish step dancers, musical groups, and other dance troupes. And last but certainly not least, come out and support the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Al the proceeds from the event will be used to support the MSPCA by coming to the Holiday Tree Lighting at Shops at Pru: Two trees will be displayed in Huntington Arcade, and the fundraiser will kick-off with a tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. Individuals can make a contribution and send in a photograph of their pet that will be made into a tree ornament and displayed. This event is free, but do try and make a donation. You can help an abused or abandoned animal find a new home for the holidays. Now, wouldn’t that make you feel just great? And if you are thinking of getting a new pet, take some time to take to the people from MSPCA. They have some great animals available, they will all have their shots and, if old enough, will be spayed or neutered. What better way to celebrate a holiday then by saving an animal.
You can also check out local churches and schools. Many of them will have free concerts going on. And be sure to take an evening, pack the family in the car and just drive around and see the houses all decorated up. Take some time to stop in one of the great food shops for a nice cup of hot chocolate and it will be a night of family fun.