Christmas along coastal New England,
Buzzard's Bay, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard
Christmas at Quincy
Market & Faneuil Hall
Christmas in Boston's North End
Christmas in Boston
Christmas in Mattapoisett
Memorial Church at Christmastime
in Dublin, Ireland Christmas
in Italy Christmas in San Francisco
2007 Christmas 2006
in New England:
Illustrations, Stories and Pictures of
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 holiday season builds, with concerts, tree lightings and public
ceremonies, along with church activities, and visits with family and friends.
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
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
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
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!