Boston and the holiday season go so well together. The holiday lights and decorations nicely adorn the brownstones and storefronts and parks, and the cold weather provides a good excuse to snuggle up with hot chocolate and start a fire (of course, I sometimes wonder if this is all some sort of gigantic defense mechanism to deny how utterly miserable the cold can be). Given that the city is bustling with festive activity, I have decided to take time from my non-stop work life to explore the holiday scene.
Last night I went with some MSPP friends to Beacon Hill, a historic neighborhood featuring narrow, gas-lit streets, brick sidewalks, and quaint brownstone apartment buildings. To celebrate the holiday season, Charles Street, the main street in the neighborhood, was shut down to vehicles so that people could mingle and meander. Carolers were busting out some Christmas tunes on the sidewalks, the stores featured sales and served free wine and goodies, and horse-drawn carriages made their way down the street.
Meanwhile, tonight my roommate made some latkes for us to celebrate (early) the start of Hanukkah. For everyone celebrating the Festival of Lights, a big Happy Hanukkah!