Category Archives: Christmas

Boston Santa Speedo Run next Saturday

Santa Speedo Run 2010Mark your calendars and make sure you come down to Boylston Street to watch the annual Santa Speedo Run now in it’s 14th year. Seven hundred runners will participate in the fun fundraiser that supports the Play Ball Foundation.

Santa Speedo Run – Sat 14-Dec.

If you cannot join, never fear as I’m planning to be there to snap photos and write all about it.  Until then enjoy this video I made after the 2012 Santa Speedo Run.

Toys for Joys is next Saturday

Toys for JoysHave you registered to attend this year’s Toys for Joys?  What you waiting for? Although the venue has changed and there is a small registration fee, it is still the same party but just better because they organizers have changed the venue to accommodate a larger crowd so more friends can join you.

Time: Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: 1 Black Falcon Ave. Boston
Registration: toysforjoys.org 

All I want for Christmas is…

Andrew Christian ModelJust in case there really is a Santa Claus.

Boston Pops 2013 holiday season opens tonight

Keith Lockhart

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.

All Chicago Gay Hockey Assn Wants for Christmas

Chicago Gay Hockey LeagueHave 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.

The Slutcracker: Holiday cheer for the twisted

Boston SlutcrackerAre 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.

BosGuys holiday wish: boycott Salvation Army donation kettles

Salvation ArmyEven 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.

#ShowYourJoe

I love this new Kmart commercial. Thanks to WGB for sharing.

2013 Toys for Joys one month from today

Boston Toys for Joys (T4J) PartyThe 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
Registration: toysforjoys.org 

Toys for Joys registration is now open

BostonEarlier 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)

Registration: toysforjoys.org 

Toys for Joys 2013 – December 14th

T4JOne 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

Boxing Day dinner party

BoxerA 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.

Merry Christmas

Xmas PresentWhether 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.

All I want for Christmas…

Andrew Christian ModelI 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.

Twas the night before Christmas

gay-santaWell 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?

Merry Merry