Christmas along coastal New England, Buzzard's Bay, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard


            Christmas at Quincy Market & Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

            Christmas in Boston's North End 

            Christmas in Boston    

            Christmas in Mattapoisett   

            Christmas in Fairhaven   

            Christmas in Edgartown    

            Christmas in Assonet

            Christmas in Marion

            Fairhaven Memorial Church at Christmastime

Christmas in Dublin, Ireland      Christmas in Italy   Christmas in San Francisco


Christmas Past

Christmas 2010    Christmas 2009    Christmas 2008    Christmas 2007  Christmas 2006    Christmas 2005    

 Christmas 2004    Christmas 2003  Christmas 2001    Christmas 2000    Christmas 1999-1995


Christmas in New England:
Illustrations, Stories and Pictures of Christmas Traditions
and the Winter Season

The Christmas Season has always been special for me. Starting with Thanksgiving, the gathering of the family and reflections on the past. 
The holiday season builds, with concerts, tree lightings and public ceremonies, along with church activities, and visits with family and friends.
 It is a joyous time, a time set apart from the normal workday. I have celebrated the season in a variety of ways, with a few traditions developing along the way.

 One tradition started when I was back in High School, stringing popcorn for the Christmas Tree by myself. Friends stopped by, and it became a 
tree trimming party. That celebration has continued for the last thirty six years, give or take a few missed celebrations. 
Each year friends come by, and string popcorn with me, so that the plain tree becomes a thing of beauty through a common celebration.

Another tradition is this website. Back before there was web software, I hand coded my first Christmas web page in raw html. 
That was in 1995. Online accounts barely existed. I had a special account through the state of New Hampshire (where I lived at the time) and 
so was able to access the internet. This was a very big deal!  There were very few people on the web, and I had to go to a graphic house to 
have my slides converted to jpegs. I was fortunate to know somebody who had a server, and gave me the space to post my web pages. 
A few years later the server disappeared off the internet. I was fortunate enough to reconstruct some of the files, which I now have posted once again.

The tradition that most people associate with me are my illustrated pen and ink Christmas Cards.  I created my first limited edition Christmas Card back in the 70's, 
while I was in college. It took me many years to get back to it, but in 1988 I drew my first pen and ink Christmas Card. I printed up a few hundred, 
and sent them to friends. Since then this has grown into a wonderful tradition. 
Hundreds of people each year look forward to receiving this year's card, and in my small way 
the spirit of Christmas is passed on each year!


Best wishes

Dana        Christmas