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.
This handsome helper is courtesy of an old Christmas Eve post by local blogger, WickedGayBlog. Thanks David.
It is now Friday afternoon on the east coast in the United States, and I thought I’d share this post before I sign off for the day. I hope this makes you smile and gives you a good chuckle.
A few weeks ago Late Night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon, broadcast a video with his band, The Roots, and Mariah Carey singing All I Want for Christmas. Check out Alex in the UK (possibly Mariah Carey’s biggest fan) watching the performance for the first time.
If Fallon’s video made you laugh check out Alex watching the song from start to finish here. Its hilarious.
Today’s Christmas-themed post published a bit later, doubling as a Santa-themed Furry Friday post. I hope you like it as much as I do.
Past Furry Friday Posts
Here is today’s installment of my gratuitous handsome Christmas-themed posts. I don’t really care what he’s selling, because if Santa’s elves look like this I’ll move to the North Pole.
Remember Jeff? Long time readers will recall he was a Men of Twitter – a regular post I use to share on this blog. Actually last year at this time he was featured in my “Holiday Themed Men of Twitter” so it seems appropriate to bring him back again as part of my daily man candy post to celebrate Christmas. I still find him very handsome.
I’ve read several blog posts from guys saying they just aren’t feeling the holiday spirit this year. I get that life isn’t comprised of sugar plum dreams and some years we just don’t feel it. However, this makes me feel badly because the season will be over in just a few weeks.
Since we cannot rewind the clock and get back this time, I’d encourage you to make the most of the season by focusing on the things you are most grateful for and those you love most. I can’t help but think that if we focused more on these things then the pressures associated with the holiday and the annoyances forced upon us by retailers might just fade away.
Because I really do want to wish you a happy and safe holiday season.
Last week I published my annual Santa Speedo Run video and I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me to have a similar themed Temptation Tuesday, but with my decision to post Christmas-themed guy-candy photos each day this week, I’ve rectified the oversight. This is a photo of a handsome participant from the 2010 run captured by Edge Boston.
Past Temptation Tuesday Posts
In one week it will be Christmas Eve. Regardless of if you celebrate it, I’m using the holiday as an excuse to post Christmas-themed photos of gorgeous guys like this sexy one of the 2011 Italian water polo team.
This past Saturday was the 4th annual Toys for Joys in Boston. Each year this event collects thousands of gifts that are in-turn passed along to local charities for their distribution to underprivileged children during the holiday season. I love the cause and enjoy the party each year. If you missed Saturday’s party, but want to contribute to this non-profit’s cause, you may make a donation on their website, here.
Thank you to all who posed for the photos from the 4th Annual Toys for Joys and thank you to Sergio for bringing along the camera.
There seem to be holiday parties seem nearly every night now and on Wednesday night several parties had me dashing around town. Below are photos from the Hump Day Holiday Party Sean Williams (a.k.a. BostonMo on Twitter) hosted to gather toys for children in Boston.
Later that evening I headed over to the Mitchell Gold 12.12.12. party to celebrate the opening of their newly expanded flagship store in the South End. DJ Lady Bunny had great music playing all night and the crowd of several hundred attendees seemed to enjoy the party. I know I did. Below are just a few photos from the party. Thanks to all those who were patient enough to pose. Apologies if your photo was not included.
Not feeling the Christmas spirit? Irritated by the incessant Christmas music and tacky displays in the mall? Then forget those boring big box retailers and national chains and head out with friends tonight to shop for the holidays in the South End.
More information here, www.SouthEnders.com.