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In deference to their growing cultural diversity, many communities in the Boston area have done away with the traditional Christmas tree and crèche display in December. Instead, they now celebrate winter with non-religious decorations, such as string lights draped on the trees in the town common—which is what we see here.
It was dark when I arrived to take pictures for the local newspaper. It took me a few tries to get my camper settings right, hence the squiggles in the first few frames. The young schoolgirls are singing winter songs. In the next-to-last frame, residents are awaiting the arrival of a surprise visitor. The location is the Town of Winchester, an affluent suburb ten miles north of Waltham.

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