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5 things to do in and around Boston this week

Relive the birth of the Revolution, celebrate the winter solstice, ring in the holidays, and more.

December 16

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF

On December 16, 1773, indignant Colonists dumped a bunch of tea into Boston Harbor, helping to spark a revolution. Boston’s re-creation of that event gets a revamp this year now that the Boston Tea Party Shipsare back on the scene. Join reenactors at the Old South Meeting House at 4 p.m. (a $15 ticket is required to go inside), then follow the fife and drums down to the ships to witness the historic heave-ho (no ticket needed). 800-838-3006; btpreenactment.bpt.me

RING-A-LING

The 15-member New England Ringers will ring in the season, literally, at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $15. 978-546-7391; rockportmusic.org

December 17

658 MILLION

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That’s the number of cards, letters, and packages the US Postal Service expects to process on Monday, projected to be the busiest mailing day of 2012. Then comes the payoff for all that waiting in line: Thursday, the Postal Service predicts, will be its busiest delivery day for holiday packages.

December 21

HELLO, WINTER SOLSTICE

Mass Audubon invites kids to celebrate the first day of winter and the longest night of the year at the Boston Nature Center in Mattapan on Friday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn the science behind the winter solstice and make and decorate paper luminaries and bird feeders. Tickets are $7 per child. 617-983-8500; massaudubon.org

AMPLIFIED ANGEL

Electric body harpist Deborah Henson-Conant, fresh off an international tour with guitarist Steve Vai, will plug in for an 8 p.m. show Friday that blends blues, flamenco, jazz, and world music styles at the Regent Theatre in Arlington. Tickets start at $22. 781-646-4849; regenttheatre.com

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