Greatness Springs From Here: Finding the Extraordinary All Around Us

This month we have been working with the Poland Spring® brand to highlight a few amazing people and places in our city. We don’t have to look far to find greatness — regular people doing extraordinary things, and places that inspire. A few weeks ago, we posted a profile of Christmas in the City, a group that does amazing work with homeless families all year but especially around the holidays. Their huge party for homeless families is such a special day, and we are inspired by how the organization is run entirely by volunteers.

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If you were following along on Instagram you may have seen some of our other picks! (You can also find more examples under #sharegreatness.)

The Tree for Boston made our list! Did you know that this holiday tree at the top of Boston Common is sent from Halifax each year to commemorate the help Boston gave that city after they had a huge explosion? This marks the 100th anniversary of that relationship, and it is such a special reminder of how much we rely on others, and the importance of friendship across borders.

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We pass the duckling statues in the Public Garden almost every day, and these little figures have such an outsized presence in the city. Inspired by the iconic children’s book by Robert McCloskey, Make Way for Ducklings, the statues take part in city life by dressing for the seasons, holidays, and local events. Our toddlers always love to say hello as we pass by!

Boston holidays

For many of us, December is a time for quite a bit of shopping, between holidays and special sales. While we love gifting and hunting for the perfect item, we also love supporting independent businesses and small makers at the same time. Local independent shops are so important to the feeling of community in our neighborhoods. We love the selection of gifts and items curated by Sofi Madison at her South End shop Olives and Grace. We always know we will find the right gift while supporting independent businesses, and Sofi cares so much about the community of the South End.

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Boston Winter, the winter market on City Hall Plaza this month, shows how any urban space can be transformed and used differently. The market includes small shops, wine and beer tasting areas, a winding skating path, and lots of greenery and twinkly lights. We love seeing City Hall Plaza used in this way — as a gathering place and a space filled with holiday cheer!

Boston holidays

There was so much to love in our city this month! What are your favorite aspects of Boston during the holiday season? To see more examples of greatness visit

We made a little video of our time at Tree for Boston and Boston Winter, if you would like to see below!

Image Credit: 1/Christmas in the City; 2-3/Laura Chassaigne; 4/Sofi Madison; 5/Laura Chassaigne

This post is in collaboration with the Poland Spring® brand as part of the Greatness Springs from HereTM campaign. Thank you for reading The Boston Day Book!


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