Christmas on the Commons

Boston CommonsOne of the delightful things about living in Boston is visiting the Commons pretty much every week. My church is located at the corner of this 17th century community grazing ground. It’s a delightful public park now, home to Shakespeare in the Park in summer and ice skating in winter.

Downtown Crossing

Last night, the Commons was lit by thousands of lights in celebration of the the Christmas season. My DH snapped this picture as we came out of choir practice. Then we walked down Winter Street, a narrow cobbled lane, to Downtown Crossing. Macy’s had decked the street with light as well. As we neared the T station, someone had set up a Christmas Tree lot. The fresh scent of evergreen perfumed the crisp air.

Skinny TreeEnjoying Christmas lights are such part of our family’s tradition. When we lived in North Carolina, the season didn’t truly start till we’d visited the lavish display at Tanglewood. Now we enjoy the Commons. Unfortunately, since we’re condo dwellers, the homeowners’ covenants restrict us from stringing lights on the veranda. We’re limited to positioning our skinny little “condo tree” so it can be easily seen from outside.

So how about you? Do you make it a point to visit a light display for Christmas? Do you put on your own? I’d love to hear about your holiday traditions.

4 thoughts on “Christmas on the Commons

  1. Mia Marlowe says:

    My grandmother used to have a simple, yet effective decorating scheme for her big two story home. A giant tree covered in bubble lights and angel hair in the front window and a wreath with a single candle in all the others. It was the perfect Christmas house.

  2. Barbara Britton says:

    Hi Mia,

    Your pictures look so festive.
    Unfortunately, whoever built our house in the 70’s didn’t consider outside lighting. We only have one outlet outside and it is tempermental. This year I am going to look into solar lights so we can sparkle at night.

  3. Karri Lyn Halley says:

    While building our new house, we kept Christmas lighting in mind and installed special outlets for them. Our antebellum-style house has a two-story porch and four large columns across the front that we drape with red-light covered greenery. I also found a six-foot diameter wreath during an auction that we hang from the center of the top porch railing. My husband says I have enough Christmas decorations to open my own store, so it takes a few weeks to get everything decorated. Today is the day to finish outside. I’m hoping this will be the year it snows enough before the decorations come down to get a good picture!

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I’d love to see that picture when you get it, Karri. I so admire people who think ahead like you obviously have.

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