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    Caring for Christmas: A Nineteenth-Century American Story

    Presented by and New England Conservatory

    December 2, 2012


    Caring for Christmas: A Nineteenth-Century American Story

    Join us at the Library for the fourth year of “Caring for Christmas.” Each year we explore new dimensions of the cultural story of Christmas and celebrations of the season. Learn more about how, 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. This event includes:

      *  Local actors taking us back in history,

      *  The New England Conservatory Children’s Chorus and Young Women’s Chorale giving voice to a wide repertoire of seasonal songs,

      *  and Cellos 352, a youth ensemble, adding strings to the afternoon’s festivities.


    How You Can "Care for Christmas"?
    Representatives from The Home for Little Wanderers, Friends of Boston’s Homeless, and On the Rise will be on hand to collect monetary donations before and after the program as well as share information about how they “care for Christmas” throughout the year.

    You can also help us care for those in need by donating items from November 25 until December 16. Donated items are tax-deductible. Wish lists for designated charities are on our website.

    The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    200 Massachusetts Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    By donation to three local charities: The Home for Little Wanderers, Friends of Boston’s Homeless, and On the Rise.

    Phone: 617-450-7000

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