Christmas card, 1st,1843
Historical Tidbit:
Yule Tidings for the Twelve Days of Christmas
The German "Yuletide" is from the ancient festival of Odin, and then in the Middle Ages, as Christianity gains popularity, the twelve-day period between December 25 (Christmas) and January 6 (Epiphany*) is named "Christmastide" melding the celebrations.
The first of the Twelve Days is the day after Christmas, which would be Dec. 26 on our modern calendar, and lasting until the Astronomers, or Wise Men showed up in Bethlehem to bring gifts to the baby Jesus.

Winter celebrations have long been a part of our world history.  In ancient Rome, Saturnalia marked the onset of the winter solstice. Brumalia was a Greek winter holiday associated with Dionysus and wine. In Norse mythology, a boar was presented to the Vanir god Freyr at the solstice.  
From its earliest days in England, the Twelve Days' festival involved masked dancers and actors, known as mummers, roaming the streets begging for holiday treats and drink.  In the 9th century, King Alfred the Great of England mandated the observance of the Twelve Days by outlawing all work and fighting during this time.

King Haakon the Good established the Christian observance of the festival in Norway in the 10th century.  In the 14th century King Richard II of England held a Christmas tournament drawing knights from all over Europe that provided feasting and jousting for nearly two weeks. Shakespeare's play, Twelfth Night, was written to be performed at the celebration 1601/1602.

Medieval Christians either took down their decorations after the 12th night, or kept on celebrating for all of Candlemas. 40 days after the birth, the celebration continued, until the feast of the presentation of the baby Jesus at the Temple. Keeping the feasting and celebrations going was a big way to make it through the long dark days of winter!

Compiled by J. Rose
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Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
4 - 5p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School,
2 Spring St
We were too busy to play last week

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Enter for this week's prize of a
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Painting for Grades 4
& Up
Monday, December 20th
WB Public Library

This paint class will be held indoors in the Meeting Room and led by Sandy Churchill. Registration is required and can be completed by clicking here!
Sunset Story Time
Tuesday, December 21st
6:30 - 7:15p
WB Public Library

Join the WBPL for an interactive story time for your "Little" aged 2.5 - 4 years old. Each child in the class will receive a copy of the book to borrow during the session, and registration for this event can be completed here.
An old-fashioned candy store with a TWIST
From Holiday Novelties to Hostess Gifts!
Come shop our large selection of specialty candy.
Shop in store or online!

Come check us out!
Mon - Sat: 10 am til 8 pm
Sunday 11 am til 6 pm

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785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Thank You WB Schools!
Such an AMAZING turnout of students, teachers and community for ROCK YOUR SOCKS! 🧦 👣
Thank you to all of you that rocked socks and donated, showing your support of families with disabilities and inclusion in WB!

All West Bridgewater Public Schools schools participated in Rock Your Socks on Friday, Dec 3 because it was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities!
Richard Tucker Memorial Fund Christmas Walkthrough
Now - December 24
4:30 - 8:30p
226 Turnpike Street, South Easton

Join the Richard Tucker Memorial Fund in supporting Military Boxes Overseas, The Fisher House, and First Responders and VA Patients though their Christmas Walkthrough hosted during the month of December leading up to Christmas! This event is weather permitting.

Visit their website for more information on the nonprofit or this event.
Support The Brockton Library Foundation!

  • Literacy + Empowerment = Dreams Come True
  • Diverse Artistic Creative Expression
  • ESL & Nationalization Support
  • Increased Access to Technology & STEAM Programs 
  • Local Living History Displays & Presentations
  • Meeting spaces & community building

Brockton Public Library is making all this happen & more,
close to home! 
Join Us in Welcoming Ann Burke, Our New Shine Volunteer at the COA

Ann was shine certified through the regional SHINE office in Middleboro and is a wonderful addition to our Outreach Department, especially now during Open Enrollment. We would never have been able to take on the many seniors who are in need of assistance during this time without her.

With much appreciation, thank you Ann, it’s nice to have you with us.
Marilyn, Wendy, Fran, Connie and Ann
Can Collection Time!
First Church of West Bridgewater
29 Howard St
During the month of December, the First Church of West Bridgewater will be helping the West Bridgewater Food Pantry meet the need of extra food during the holidays by collecting canned goods. Their goal is to collect 200 cans! You can help by bringing your donation to the church on any Sunday, 9 - 11:30a and leaving it in the box on the front steps.

Sharing is Caring -- especially during the holidays!

12/23/21 – CLOSED (THURSDAY)
12/24/21 - CLOSED (FRIDAY)
12/25/21 – CLOSED (SATURDAY)

12/23/21-CLOSED AT 1p (THURSDAY)
12/24/21-CLOSED (FRIDAY)

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It not too late to get in the holiday spirit!
We have wreaths and kissing balls, both plain and decorated, Christmas trees and cemetery baskets -- and lots of other decorations. 

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Don't forget about the toys for pets, kids, and gifts for adults, too!
New Year Celebration Lunch & Singo!
Thrusday, Dec 30th

Let's say good bye to 2021 and toast to a New Year 2022!

Theme is black & white, wear it if you have it.
Seating is limited - reservations must be made to the COA by December 28.

For more information on events, visit their website!
New Year's Day Trail Walk
Saturday, January 1st
Bay Circuit Trail, Cocheeset Trail Spur, Maple Street
Join the Open Space and Recreation Committee for a First Day guided walk exploring West Bridgewater's Cocheeset Trail, a spur off of the Bay Circuit Trail. 
The first leg of our tour will offer a family friendly walk to Skim Milk Bridge. For those interested in a longer walk, we will continue on along the trail observing the changing landscape and looking for local beaver activity along the way. 
Trail head parking on Maple St, off of Scotland Street. The longer hike will last approximately one hour. In the case of inclement weather, the hike will be postponed until Saturday January 8
Find YOUR Bliss with
In Person classes at
The She Shed, Saturdays,
9 am!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective.

Gift Certificates Available! 
516 N. Bedford St, East Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564
Earn while Doing Good

Friendly and organized people are needed explain Buzz Around products and create marketing partnerships! *Work 25 - 40 hours per week*Make your own hours & create your own schedule*

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WB School Committee - December 6, 2021

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Our New Air Filtration System For St. Ann

Thank you to Knights of Columbus for their donation to help purchase them!

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West Bridgewater Public Schools Resource Officer Goes the Extra Mile

School Resource Officer Tim Pope stepped up in the West Bridgewater's Rose L. McDonald School to serve Sloppy Joes to students at their lunch time. Not only did the kids love to see another friendly face behind the counter, but many gave the lunch a thumbs up, too!

Fabulous representation of the close community in the school system, and thank you to SRO Tim Pope for all your hard work!
Story and photo credit: WBPS Facebook
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Historical Tidbit Question:
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December 25 and January 6 called?

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It's Electric

Just thinkin'
with the emergence of the common use of electric cars, there's an entreprenural opportunity for anyone with a parking lot to make some money hosting re-charging stations.

People need to plug in their cars somewhere; especially those of us who live in apartments. Maybe it would bee a steady income for some of our houses of worship?
~ What do you think?
Your BuzzAround Team wishes everyone a light in the darkness.

If you need peace, we wish you peace.

If you need hope, we wish you hope.
If you need laughter... we're sending you chuckles.

Thank you for spending this time with us. We are sending out positive energy to all our readers for a joyful holiday.

~ Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Theresa McNulty, Michelle Montella, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
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