From the Archives: The holiday season in Boston

Dec. 16, 1956: Globe Santa attracted a crowd of people wanting to have pictures taken with him. This was the inaugural year of the Boston Globe Santa Claus Fund. The Boston Post started the Santa Fund in 1910. When the Post closed earlier this year, The Boston Globe with Mayor John Hynes continued the long tradition of providing Christmas toys for needy families.

Paul J. Connell/Globe Staff

Dec. 16, 1956: Globe Santa attracted a crowd of people wanting to have pictures taken with him. This was the inaugural year of the Boston Globe Santa Claus Fund. The Boston Post started the Santa Fund in 1910. When the Post closed earlier this year, The Boston Globe with Mayor John Hynes continued the long tradition of providing Christmas toys for needy families.

This week we look back at Boston’s holiday traditions. The city is transformed in this season with visual treats of Santa walking the streets, excited children abound, and fanciful decorations. Among all of the shopping and hustle, warm-heartedness permeates the city. - Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite

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