Christmas on Cape Cod

Christmas on Cape Cod

4 of the best parts of the Cape's holiday season.
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As the holidays approach, it means two things: 1.) Winter break and 2.) festive activities. With these two ideas in mind, I began to think about Christmas in my hometown. Cape Cod is a unique area of Massachusetts, although it contains many events similar to that of other areas. That being said, for me, nothing beats Christmas on Cape Cod.

1. Giant Lights Sandwich.

Starting a few years ago, large Christmas light sculptures began popping up in Sandwich along route 6A. These are created by sculptor Michael Magyar, a local Cape Codder. These light structures are in the shapes of many different things ranging from a firetruck at the fire station to a giant dove in front of the First Church in Sandwich. They line route 6A in front of businesses and each represents something to do with that business or landmark. There are currently over 50 giant light sculptures. Learn more about these lights here!

2. Craft Fairs.

After Thanksgiving, Christmas craft fairs begin popping up left and right. You can guarantee that more than one church is holding a Christmas fair. These are fun to explore and look at items locals have made. It is a great time to find homemade ornaments or treats at a bake sale. Many of these fairs also raffle off large baskets full of goodies that will make great gifts for the holidays. Growing up, my mom loved crafting and I was brought to many of these events. I love going every year and they are a staple in the Christmas season. Here is a list of this years events on Cape!

3. Tree lightings.

You can watch the big tree lighting in Boston and New York, but nothing beats a small town tree lighting. Every year, my hometown of Sandwich, holds an event to light the small tree in the middle of Shawme Pond. There are carols and hot chocolate. It is always an enjoyable time and a great memory. I will always remember being little and holding fake candles as the town erupted in carols and the tree was lit. These events are held throughout the Cape and they also annually light up the Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.

4. Christmas strolls.

These are also common as the holidays get closer. Cookie strolls and Christmas strolls are popular on Cape. Every year there is a popular Christmas stroll on Main Street in Hyannis. Businesses have plates of cookies, free samples, and free treats along the road. You can take carriage rides or just walk along and listen to Christmas music provided by some of the musicians from Sturgis Charter Public School. These events happen in most towns on Cape. This year, Sandwich is introducing a cookie stroll.

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Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.

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Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.

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