2013 Holiday Season: December 4-24th
Tonight the Boston Pops open for their first holiday performance of the 2013 season. The concert series will run through December 24th. Holiday Pops is one of the most popular seasonal traditions and although I do not have plans to attend performances this seasons, it is a magnificent show. Tickets have been on sale so availability is limited but you may purchase tickets here.
Below is a clip from the 2010 Boston Pops Holiday season. It gives you an idea of what to expect if you’ve never attended this Boston tradition before.
Have you seen this cute video from the Chicago Gay Hockey Association? I love it when these videos are created; I recently posted this video from the Boston Friends Lesbians And Gays Football League.
However, I really love this video that the Chicago Gay Hockey Association (CGHA) posted on YouTube late last week. Great job pulling this together, bravo guys.
Are you struggling to get into the holiday spirit? Looking for something a bit different to do? If you live in the Boston area, check out the Boston classic The Slutcracker, a burlesque, satirical version of The Nutcracker that opens tonight at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square and runs nearly every night through the month of December.
The production is the brainchild of Babes in Boinkland troupe director Vanessa White. While it is not quite what you will see if you attend the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker, what it lacks in technique you will find it more than makes up for in laughs. It may be the best holiday entertainment for the money.
Tickets ($25) are currently on sale. More information about performances and how to purchase tickets can be found here.
Heads up – the video may not be appropriate to play at your office.
Even though I’m currently traveling in Brazil, I know that shopping malls and retail stores all over the US are a buzz with hordes of shoppers. Today marks the first day of the holiday shopping season and just outside your mall and retail stores is the Salvation Army – a seemingly kind organization that asks for your spare change to help with their charity work.
My annual reminder / request to boycott Salvation Army
I like to remind people that The Salvation Army is an Evangelical Christian group that is rabidly homophobic. I would ask you to consider boycotting their holiday donation kettles.
There is no shortage of very worthy charities more deserving of your spare change. If you feel the same as I do, you may even consider speaking to the mall / store manager to ask if they wouldn’t mind granting the space to a more accepting group.
I love this new Kmart commercial. Thanks to WGB for sharing.
The holiday season may not be on your radar right now. I know it isn’t on mine, but I wanted to remind you that one month from today is the 2013 Toys for Joys.
The venue has changed and there is now a small registration fee so be sure to register early to ensure you may join what I think is the best holiday party fundraiser in Boston.
Time: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: 1 Black Falcon Ave. Boston
Earlier this month the organizers behind the annual holiday fundraiser, Toys for Joys, announced that the event would be held on Saturday, December 14th in a new, larger location in Southie. This past Friday Toys for Joys registration opened. A modest registration fee of $30 has been added this year. I hope to see you there.
Time: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: 1 Black Falcon Ave. Boston (formerly Black Falcon Cruise Terminal)
One of my favorite holiday traditions in Boston is the annual Toys for Joys party. The growing popularity of this event appears to have moved the party from the Artist for Humanity building to the larger Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in South Boston. You can stay up to date with all the plans for this year’s party (their 5th anniversary) by liking T4J’s Facebook Page.
Mark your calendars – Saturday, December 14th
Enjoy this quick video from the 2012 party
A good friend of mine and fellow blogger, 40-Something Life, is originally from the United Kingdom where December 26th is an official holiday called Boxing Day.
A few years ago she hosted a dinner party on Boxing Day and it was so much fun that with few exceptions, we’ve turned her annual dinner party on Boxing Day into our own tradition here in Boston.
The dinner party always seems to have a theme; years past have included a proper English themed-menu, a delicious Spanish menu, and one that included berets (although I don’t recall there being a French menu). Details are fuzzy because of the copious amounts of wine poured.
The dinner party always starts with drinks followed by dinner and an always hysterical Yankee Swap after the table has been cleared. Inappropriate gifts mingle with more creative gifts. After the swap, some sort of foolishness usually ensues. In years past this has included terrible impromptu dance performances, drunken Twister, and well you get the picture.
Later this evening Sergio and I will trek over to Southie to keep this tradition alive. Much thanks to our gracious host, Tracey.
Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, I want to wish all a Merry Christmas. For those celebrating Christmas, I hope you can spend the day with those you love most.
I know it’s late to be posting my Christmas list for Santa Claus, but I have heard that good things come to those who wait, and I’ve been waiting quite patiently (swear to God).
I’m hoping Saint Nicholas is paying attention and will bring me this Andrew Christian model for Christmas. Pretty Please.
Well its not quite night in Boston just yet, but it will be before I realize it. Today will be spent running errands and getting our home ready for friends who will stop by this evening. This is a tradition we started a few years back when we realized we had several friends who would not be going home for Christmas. We dubbed it an orphans Christmas Eve and each year since we’ve hosted what is a very relaxing and pleasant evening in my opinion.
Tomorrow, Sergio and I will drive one hour north of Boston to a tiny town in Southern New Hampshire where my parent’s live so I’d like to use this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas. For those who don’t celebrate the holiday, I’d still like to say “good tidings we bring” as the song’s lyrics say. I’m not 100% certain what “tidings” are but it sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Today’s gratuitous Christmas photo comes from the very handsome Olympic Diver Tom Daley. My friend Sean over at Just A Jeep Guy has a few more holiday-themed photos of Tom that you may check out here.
I’m enjoying these daily Christmas (man)Candy posts. Today’s post is meant to remind you that packaging counts. How else could you explain the appeal of this beautiful package so nicely wrapped in red?
Readers of this blog know that I have a love for travel. Here are some Christmas photos of a few of my favorite cities. Send me pictures from your home city at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Its a cliche, but I love Paris. Not surprisingly the city of lights lives up to it’s name with this gorgeous photograph of the Champs-Elysee. Off in the distance is a giant lit ferris wheel in what looks to be the Place de la Concorde or perhaps Jardin de Tuileries.
Without a picturesque beach or the view of Sugarloaf in the background, you probably don’t recognize this photo of the tree lighting ceremony in Rio de Janeiro’s Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas.
While I’ve never been to Prague in December, this view of the Christmas market in the city’s Old Town Square is beautiful. When I last visited Prague it was still under communist rule. It is time for me to plan a return trip to this beautiful city.
While Melbourne may feel as if it plays second fiddle Sydney, I’ll always love this city which oozes culture. Melbourne’s beautiful Victorian malls must look absolutely gorgeous right about now.