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On Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. the Library celebrated its fourth year of “Caring for Christmas.” Each year we explore new dimensions of the cultural story of Christmas and celebrations of the season. The following are activities were planned for the day:
When the Puritan settlers came to New England in the 17th century, they took a dim view of Christmas celebrations. Until the 19th century not much was made of the holiday in this part of the world; it was even banned at times in some areas. Then, New Englanders came to embrace it with tenderness and joy. In the 19th century a foundation was laid for the season to become a time of universal goodwill and heightened cultural awareness.
How You Can "Care for Christmas"
Caring for Christmas offered the opportunity to honor the traditions which began in the 19th century. The community helped us care for those in need by donating items from November 25 through December 16. Wish lists created for the designated charities are listed below, and representatives were on-site to collect monetary donations before and after the program.
To learn more about The Home for Little Wanderers, visit their Web site.
To learn more about Friends of Boston's Homeless, visit their Web site.
To learn more about On The Rise, visit their Web site.