Last Christmas, we kept our holiday season pretty low key. My twins were just 4 months old, and between the general craziness of having two infants and a plague-like cold turned bronchiolitis, we didn’t exactly celebrate big. We did manage to get a Christmas tree, which took pretty much the entire month to put up and decorate. We spent an unseasonably warm December day visiting the tree in Faneuil Hall. And we made a last-minute, panicked trip to see Santa at 4:45 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
While memorable because it was my babies’ first Christmas, we didn’t do anything spectacular last year, so I’m looking forward to adding new traditions as my children grow. Boston has so many amazing Christmas traditions for families — it’s going to be hard to choose which ones to try!
Tree Lightings and Christmas Lights
I adore Christmas lights and would probably have them up year round if my husband shared the same affinity for sparkly lights. This year we will certainly be attending at least one tree lighting in the city, and we’ll be sure to catch Blink in Faneuil Hall at least once. Now that my twins are toddlers and much more aware of their surroundings, I know they will love seeing all the lights!
Music and shows
I hope to catch some of the free musical events going on around Boston this year, like the carolers at the Beacon Hill Holiday Stroll. Once my kids are a little older and able to sit in a theater for any length of time, the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker, the Revels, the Boston Pops kids’ matinee, and the Boston Children’s Chorus holiday sing-a-long concert will be added to our Boston Christmas list.
Over the next few years, I really hope to take advantage of the many special events going on around Boston to celebrate the holidays. As a librarian and book lover, I cannot wait to take my kids to see the Family Trees at the Concord Museum (Christmas trees and children’s books mixed together!?). I also want them to see how other people celebrate Christmas and learn about other holidays by going to events like Swedish Yuletide and the MFA’s Hanukkah: Festival of Lights event.
As my children get older, I want them to give back to the Boston community all year and especially during the holidays. There are many ways to give your time, provide food for hungry families, and give gifts to other children. Some of the local programs I am looking at for our family to give to are the Greater Boston Food Bank, Globe Santa, which donates gifts to local families, and the Home for Little Wanderers Big Wishes Gift Drive, which benefits families cared for by the Home for Little Wanderers.
What Boston holiday traditions are special to your family?