Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Cheer (Without Snow)

Yesterday evening, I enjoyed the "tree lighting ceremony" on the Boston Common in 50 degree weather. There were singers, dancers in Santa mini skirts, and fireworks in addition to actually flipping the switch to turn on the lights.

By popular demand (okay, by one person's request), I'm posting a few photos of Boston's holiday decorations.

Here are a few photos of the Christmas tree and the Boston Common:

And for all those who are afraid that "holidays" are too commercialized, cheesy, and/or secular, there is also a Nativity scene on the Common.

With the State House in the background

State House closer up

With Park Street Church in the background

The gazebo in the middle of the Common

Ice skating on Frog Pond (also in the Common)

Charles Street, in between the Common and the Public Garden

Bridge in the Public Garden

Boylston Street

And now for some images closer to home. The following 2 pictures are from the main street leading to my apartment in the charming city of Somerville, which I affectionately refer to as Cambridge's ugly sister.

Somerville Car Wash

Somerville Fire Station


  1. Pretty! Did you know Brian and I lived in north of Boston for a couple of years?

  2. I haven't gotten down to the Common since the Tree Lighting. I should have made a special effort to got into the Tree Lighting. I wish that I lived in the city, rather than the stupid suburbs.

    Did you know that amount of lighting we have this year is a Holiday Gift? The city initially planned to scale back the display, until generous spirits donated their money so that the whole city could enjoy a wonderful display this year.