Category Archives: Christmas

BosGuy brain teaser

riddle, exercise for your brainEach Friday morning I post a riddle to get you to think outside the box and exercise your brain. If you are stumped, share it with a friend or colleague and see if you can figure out the answer together.

Leave your answer in the comment section. I’ll approve responses later in the day to give people a chance to respond without seeing any spoilers.

This week’s brain teaser:   Never, ever eat this type of cracker.

Like riddles? Check out past week’s brain teasers.

Merry Christmas

I’m forgoing my weekly java-themed mancandy post to wish eveveryone who celebrates Christmas a wonderful holiday.

BosGuy brain teaser

riddle, exercise for your brainEach Friday morning I post a riddle to get you to think outside the box and exercise your brain. If you are stumped, share it with a friend or colleague and see if you can figure out the answer together.

Leave your answer in the comment section. I’ll approve responses later in the day to give people a chance to respond without seeing any spoilers.

This week’s brain teaser:   This is every parent’s favorite Christmas carol.

Like riddles? Check out past week’s brain teasers.

Mass Bears & Cubs Toy Drive

Share the Joy! Give a Toy!

The Mass Bears and Cubs annual holiday Toy Drive runs through December 15th. You can bring a little holiday cheer by dropping off new, in original packaging, unwrapped toys, at their collection box located at the Alley Bar Boston.

Holly Folly is December 2-4, 2022

Provincetown Holly Folly Holiday Market

In just a few weeks Provincetown’s annual Holly Folly celebration will take place December 2-4, 2022.

This year’s festive weekend includes popular annual traditions like the holiday market, Inn stroll, Jingle Bell Run and Champagne Brunch, as well as many new events like HUNG with Care Burlesque show. Make your reservations and start planning. Below, is a partial listing of Holly Folly programs you won’t want to miss. Some of these events require tickets in advance so don’t delay.

If you’re looking for lodging recommendations click here.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND
Holly Folly Gallery Stroll
T’is The Season For Giving: A Benefit for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod
The Holly Folly Follies Presented by the Crown & Anchor
The Nutcracker’s Ball

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3RD
Jingle Bell Run & Brunch
Holly Folly Inn Stroll
Snowball Bar Crawl
Anita Cocktail Variety Hour
HUNG with Care: Queer Holiday Burlesque Spectacular

Anne Hutchinson Solo Comedy Show
HO: The Hung With Care After Party

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
Paige Turner’s Drag me To Christmas

For more information visit 2022 Holly Folly web page.

Men in kilts

I like to re-post this photo each year. Even Santa loves a kilt.

Previous Men in Kilts Posts

Tonight, Jinkx & DeLa Holiday Show

Jinkx Monsoon and BenDeLaCreme return to Boston’s Wilbur Theater tonight for one show only at 8:00PM to spread holiday cheer. Very few tickets remained at the time I wrote this post so if you’re interested in seeing this duo, visit Ticketmaster’s website here.

Note: vaccination required for entry or negative test required.

I’ll be home for Christmas by Steve Grand

Last week Steve Grand released his version of the Bing Cosby classic “I’ll be home for Christmas”, which many have covered over the years. The video brings back handsome actor / model, Trevor LaPaglia who played the role of Grand’s boyfriend in his 2015 remake of the Mariah Carey Christmas classic, All I want for Christmas.

You can download Steve Grand’s version of the holiday classic at, https://shop.stevegrand.com/.

Merry Christmas

Final push: Toys for Joys needs your help

Boston

Through “The Wunderfund of Massachusetts”, Toys for Joys is shipping $1,000+ worth of toys and gifts to each and everyone of the 29 DCF (Department of Children and Family) offices. To date the organiztion has funded 22 DCF offices.  THEY NEED TO RAISE $7,000 more to cover all 29 offices! 

Toys for Joys aims to send gifts to EVERY foster office in Massachusetts. But they need your help.

This year, Toys for Joys has already raised enough funds to sponsor the following organizations; representing thousands of children. 

Casa Iris/Multicultural AIDS Coalition (Jamaica Plain): 465 Gifts Purchased ($6,000)
IBA (South End): 367 Gifts Purchased ($5,000)
Eastern Service Worker’s Association (Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan): 430 Gifts Purchased ($6,000+)
Urban Farming Institute (Mattapan, Dorchester): 191 Gifts Purchased ($2,500+)
Boston Housing Authority, Joseph Tierney Learning Center 313 Gifts Purchased ($6,000+)
Boston Public Health Commission Homeless Shelter 22 gifts purchased ($800)
St. Ann’s Home and School (Methuen): purchase pending ($2,200)

If you know of any individual or company who would like to sponsor a DCF office, please email, james@toys4joys.org. Donations can also be made through their website, www.toys4joys.org, or by sending your donation to: Toys for Joys, Inc., PO Box 315, Belmont, MA 02478. 

Toys for Joys is a 501(c)3 organization, that is 100% volunteer run and all donations are 100% tax deductible.  Won’t you please join me in helping this worthwhile organization?

“little tree” by e.e. cummings

little tree
little silent Christmas tree
you are so little
you are more like a flower

who found you in the green forest
and were you very sorry to come away?
see          i will comfort you
because you smell so sweetly

i will kiss your cool bark
and hug you safe and tight
just as your mother would,
only don’t be afraid

look          the spangles
that sleep all the year in a dark box
dreaming of being taken out and allowed to shine,
the balls the chains red and gold the fluffy threads,

put up your little arms
and i’ll give them all to you to hold
every finger shall have its ring
and there won’t be a single place dark or unhappy

then when you’re quite dressed
you’ll stand in the window for everyone to see
and how they’ll stare!
oh but you’ll be very proud

and my little sister and i will take hands
and looking up at our beautiful tree
we’ll dance and sing
“Noel Noel”

Initially published in 1920, EE Cummings is one of America’s greatest poets. Born in 1894 in Cambridge, MA, he lived most of his life in New England, passing away in 1962 in his home in North Conway, NH.

The poem shares the excitement a young brother and sister feel about their little Christmas tree. In more modern times, a children’s book was illustrated and used the poem, but I couldn’t find much more about this work. MichaelasMommy Blog provides some more thoughts and insights into the poem for those who may be interested.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

While the weather outside hasn’t been exactly frightful it has hardly been warm and sunny either. However, it is exactly the weather one should expect in New England this time of year and following the Thanksgiving holiday many neighbors started decorating.

The main difference between the decorations you see in the suburbs vs. the city come down to space; there is no yard in the city, lights (for the most part) are used with restraint and since few people own an entire building you rarely see an entire Bowfront Victorian decked out.

However, what residents lack in space they more than make up for by decorating their entries, doors and windows. I captured a handful of photos after a walk around the neighborhood.

Toys for Joys needs your help

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the annual fundraising party that Toys for Joys hosts to raise money and collect gifts for underpriviledged children in our community. The cruel irony is this year there are more children living in poverty and in need of your kindness and charity.

Without having the benefit of a large party to bring people together, that makes this year’s challenge to collect enough donations to distribute gifts to children that much more difficult. As a long time supporter of T4J and someone who believes in their mission, I’m asking you to share this message and join me in making a donation to this worthwhile charity that was started and has been nurtured by our LGBTQ community.

gay bear, xmas

T4J20 Make A Donation Today

This year T4J is teaming up with The Wonderfund of Massachusetts, a private non-profit organization that works on behalf of children engaged with the MA Department of Children and Families. Donations to T4J will help fill most of the Wonderfund offices with toys and gifts for the children and families they serve. Your dontations will also go to support the following groups with toys and gifts this year:

  • Multicultural AIDS Coalition (Jamaica Plain)
  • IBA (South End)
  • Eastern Service Worker’s Association (Dorchester, East Boston, Mattapan)
  • Urban Farming Insitute (Mattapan)
  • United South End Settlements (South End)

Click the link above to learn more and to make a donation so the Toys for Joys charity can continue their good work, and please help spread the word.

South End Stroll

The South End Business Alliance (SEBA) and South End Local have partnered to create a “multi-date” 2020 Holiday Stroll and with so many local and small businesses struggling I’m hoping more people will come out to buy local this year and show the South End businesses some love.

South End Stroll
December 3-5, 2020
List of Participating Shops / Businesses

More than 90 local businesses and working artists will be opening their doors (of course there will be strict adherence to state guidelines and everyone must wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols).

Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker to be broadcast on NBC10, November 28th at 7pm

The Boston Ballet is partnering with NBC10 Boston to bring Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker to your home with a one-hour special excerpted from the 2019 production, with featured narration by Hoda Kotb (Today) and Colton Bradford (NBC10 Boston’s The Hub) as Drosselmeier.

The Nutcracker will air on NBC10 Boston on Saturday, November 28 at 7 pm with encore airings and on-demand viewing opportunities on NBC10 Boston, NECN and Spanish-language Telemundo. It will also be available free of charge on bostonballet.org for a limited time.

When to watch:

Saturday, November 28 at 7 pm on NBC10 Boston
Sunday, November 29 at 7 pm on NECN 
Saturday, December 5 at 11 am on Telemundo 
Friday, December 25 at 5 pm on Telemundo 
Friday, December 25 at 7 pm on NBC10 Boston 

Mass Bears & Cubs holiday toy drive

Mass Bears and Cubs are continuing their annual tradition to collect toys for those in need and have partnered again with Solutions At Work, a nonprofit organization for homeless families.

The toy drive is starting earlier this year due to COVID-19 precautions. Mass Bears and Cubs would welcome unwrapped toys in their original packaging and will be offering a Touch-Free COVID-Safe option for donations.

Toy Drive runs through Tuesday, December 15th

Drop off unwrapped new toys at The Alley Bar’s collection box and while there stop in and support this local gay business which is now serving apps, burgers and sandwiches in Downtown Crossing.

Alternatively, you can order gifts from the Solutions At Work Amazon Wishlist. Select the delivery address as: Solutions at Work Gift Address.

gay bear, xmas

Have a happy and healthy holiday season.