While I’m between trips, I thought I’d share some (edited) posts I originally wrote while in school in Boston in 2009/10 on a now defunct blog (read at most by only three family members). Inspired by The Year of 52 Adventures, I made a point of using my weekends to explore much of what Boston had to offer. As the weather is turning colder and you may be looking for winter activities, perhaps I can provide a few suggestions… (I believe the Christmas Tree Lighting in Boston has already happened for this year. I meant to get this out earlier, but with the switching of the blog space I dropped the ball! Sorry guys!)
I found the winter season on the East Coast to be a magical time where city streets were dressed up with lights and winter decorations.
With the turn in the weather, out came the pea-coats and scarves.
The city also emptied of its usual student crowds as those able to return home for Thanksgiving break fled to the suburbs. With most everyone home for Thanksgiving break, there were only a couple of us left at the dorm and we decided to put our staying-at-school-break to good use by enjoying some of Boston’s holiday festivities. We headed to Quincy Market for the Christmas Tree Lighting.
This event was so much fun! We arrived at the Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area sometime in the late afternoon. There were people everywhere. Some were doing their Christmas shopping, and some had stopped at the back of Faneuil Hall to watch the children’s tap-dance show that was going on. We also stopped to watch and sing along to the familiar songs.
Eventually we moved on so we could figure out where the Christmas Tree Lighting was taking place. We walked to the back of Quincy Market, and there stood the biggest Christmas tree I had ever seen.
As it was not yet dark enough to light the tree, we watched the entertainers as we all waited for darkness. First an all girl singing group, JADA, performed Christmas songs and their own song, American Cowboy. Then some Boston Bruins players, and the Boston Redsox mascot, the Green Monster came to represent Boston. Finally, Santa arrived as it was very nearly dark.
As soon as darkness fell, Santa led a count down… 3…2….1!
Confetti rained down on us as the lights lit up the tree and everyone cheered. It seemed like a magical moment and it was amazing to be standing with my friends in the middle of it all. The Christmas season had begun.
Later that week we returned to Quincy Market for Tuba Christmas.
I’d never seen 130 tuba type instruments in one place before, so Tuba Christmas sounded like an excellent adventure. And it was. At the back of Faneuil Hall, tubas, euphoniums, sousaphones, and other instruments of the tuba family were gathered and playing Christmas music. It was SO windy that day, that it was taking all they could do to keep their music on their stands. Despite the wind and cold, we had fun, and then went to warm up inside Faneuil where we may have also indulged in some winter gift shopping.