Jingle Bells, West Bridgewater Style!
“One of our seniors, Alli Adams, has created some holiday cheer for all. This will put a smile on your face. Great job Alli.“
~ Christine Page, WBMSHS Principal
Alli Adams produced this video of the West Bridgewater Schools staff singing their rendition of Jingle Bells. Happy Holidays!
Happy Holidays to the lil guys and gals at the West Bridgewater elementary schools!

Polar Express Reading with Superintendent, Mark Bodwell
Shot by Kaley Krivelow, Sophia Crandall, and Ashley Flaherty
Historical Tidbit:
Wreaths and Kissing Boughs

Hanging a circular wreath of evergreens goes back a long way. In Roman times, wreaths were hung on doors as a sign of victory and status, rich women wore them as headdresses to show they were posh, and laurel wreaths were worn by Roman Emperors. They were also given to the winners of events in the original Olympic Games in Greece. (pic Advent Wreath)
The word 'wreath' comes from the Old English word 'writhen' which means to writhe or twist. Modern holiday wreaths might have come from the German or Eastern European custom of Advent Wreaths or they could have started as Kissing Boughs.
The Kissing Bough (or Kissing Bunch) was a popular form of mid-winter decoration in the middle ages. They were made of five wooden hoops that made the shape of a ball (four hoops vertical to form the ball and the fifth horizontal to go around the middle). The hoops were covered with holly, ivy, rosemary, bay, fir or other evergreen plants. Inside the hoops, red apples hung from red ribbons and a candle was put inside the ball or round the horizontal hoop. The bough was finished by hanging a large bunch of mistletoe from the bottom of the ball. A simple bough would just have a horizontal hoop decorated and hung with apples and mistletoe. By the late eighteenth century, the English had already adopted the custom of stealing kisses beneath a bough of mistletoe. In the nineteenth century, the English began to decorate their homes with Christmas trees. As the tree became the focal point of Christmas decorations, the kissing bough declined in popularity. (pic Victorian Kissing Bough)
True Kissing Boughs are rare, but not forgotten. In our modern Holiday Kissing Ball world, they are called Kissing Balls rather than Kissing Boughs. They may no longer have real fruit or candles, but they are still brimming with an array of colorful ribbons, fragrant evergreens and winter berries.  They can be found in specialty boutiques and upscale greenhouses. If you can't find the perfect Kissing Ball for your festivities, create your own with some help from your friendly neighborhood craft store or an online tutorial.
(pic Kissing ball)
(pic. Wedding Kissing Ball)
Kissing Balls are not just for the holidays anymore.  They are used as garden accents, home décor and during wedding ceremonies. What plans do you have for your Kissing Ball?

~ Respectfully submitted, Jill A. Silvia
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America The Beautiful... Shine Us into the New Year

As we continue to show our love and support for each other... through the darkest days... lights are going up all over town.

Between now - January 14, 2021, each week, one lucky submission will receive a $25 gift certificate to... where else... Johnny Macaroni's!

Lets light the way to 2021!!
Christmas Day Trivia

The event by WB Public Library will be on YouTube after Christmas so you can play any time!

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B&C Wood Crafts was honored to help the Old Bridgewater Historical Society
with a new sign for the home of Rev. James Keith (aka the "Keith house"). We would like to thank them for giving us the opportunity to work on this project. Especially one so close to home!
West Bridgewater Boy Scout Troop 25 Christmas Tree Pick-Up Service Back by popular demand!
Have a Christmas Tree to dispose of? Sign up with West Bridgewater Boy Scout Troop 25 to have your tree picked up on Saturday, January 2, 2021, for only $15!

Scouts and adult volunteers will pick up trees anywhere in West Bridgewater and haul them away. Covid-19 protocols are being followed. All trees must be tinsel free and decoration-free!

The Boy Scouts of America's goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels career orientated programs in partnership with community organizations.

All monies raised will help the scouts continue to serve our community.

Two convenient payment options:
1. Pay ahead using our online payment service and leave your tree at the end of your driveway (no need to stick around for pickup).
2. Pay at pick up by selecting the "cash or check at pick-up" option. Checks made out to WB Troop 25

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Celebrate the season with the Symphony with this re-broadcast of our 2019 Holiday Pops! 
Dr. Emilian Badea conducts your holiday favorites plus gems of the repertoire, including Sleigh Ride, Ave Maria, The Cat Duet, our festive sing-along, and much more!

Dana Lynne Varga, soprano
Megan Roth, mezzo-soprano
Angel Valchinov, violin
Jacqueline DeVoe, piccolo
Brockton's South Middle School Chorus, directed by Kate M. Higgins
Enjoy this festive production as part of "Music Matters," the Brockton Symphony’s Virtual Performance Series with monthly live recorded concerts to enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Music Matters is produced in partnership with the Brockton Public Library with the support of Brockton Community Access and the Fuller Craft Museum.
Board Of Selectmen Meeting
Dec 16, 2020
Video Courtesy of WBTV
Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters 3rd Annual Polar Plunge!!!
Committee Co-Chairs Margarida Baganha & Betty Rada welcome co-plungers  Nick McCummings, Janet Dye & Frances Jeffries. Fundraising efforts assist in fighting hunger and homelessness at the local & international level.  
Take the plunge with us on January 1, 2021!

We are thankful for those that have helped us reach 70% of our Polar Plunge goal. Your donation will help fight hunger and homelessness at the local & international levels. There’s still time to donate!

Shared with us by South Shore Hospital's Youth Health Connection:
Calm Classroom offers a variety of resources to help our young children center and cope with this stressful world: including 3 minute recorded meditations.
Calm Classroom

Self-awareness is the ability to be aware of one's inner life-one's emotions, thoughts, behaviors, values, goals, strengths, challenges, attitudes, mindsets- and how these elements impact our decisions.

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United Way of Greater Plymouth County informational workshop
for any nonprofit interested in applying for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) United Way funding.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Snow date January 15, 2021
9a to 11a
Virtually via Zoom
All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County”.
Initiatives this funding cycle must pertain to these five LIVE UNITED Community Recovery areas:
• Feeding Our Families (Health)
• Preventing Evictions & Ending Homelessness (Financial Stability)
• Accessing Affordable Health Services (Health)
• Returning to Learning for Our Children & Youth (Education)
• Aspiring to Hire for Our Recently Unemployed (Financial Stability)
Critical to our work in meeting these needs is the realization that for people of diverse backgrounds these challenges are greater and deeper in terms of their degree and complexity. This means that we must direct significantly greater attention and enhance our sensitivity to the issues of race, equity and justice as we design our solutions to our communities’ problems.
Request for Proposal (RFP’s) packets will be available online following the workshop.
Anyone interested in attending, RSVP to Kim Allen, Director of Community Relations & Marketing, United Way of Greater Plymouth County, kallen@uwgpc.org.
For more info: www.uwgpc.org/funding
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You have to be on your toes
to snag some of Moriah's cookies!
Kudos to Moriah for raising money for the WB Food Pantry. Moriah's awesome bake sale (weekly for 3 weeks) brought in $2771 for the WB Food Pantry.
Here's the story from Moriah's mom:
"Moriah's health issues make her high risk for Covid. She's been quarantined since March. We wanted her to experience community even in her isolation.
Moriah is doing her academics this year at home and mostly with me. I wanted her to have a real life project based learning experience to practice her occupational therapy, writing, reading and math. Baking is a love of hers, so this has been an incredible learning opportunity."
This is the second Sunday they are doing a bake sale. Melissa was amazed from the results last weekend: "We never could have imagined such an outpouring of support and kindness. Moriah reads your comments (more reading practice for her, too) She is so excited about what she is accomplishing. Thank you, thank you, WB." ~ Melissa Kerr Winchell
Great materials to borrow curbside from the West Bridgewater Public Library!
"Holiday 🎅🏼🧑🏼‍🎄book bundles and a few new J Fiction books are available to get your children in the spirit! Only 7 more days until Christmas! Are you passing down some holiday traditions to your children? We have several copies of T’was the Night before Christmas 🎄. Hop on Zoom and read it to the relatives across the country!❤️💚 Stop by the library and we can provide you with some fun holiday books and movies for your children." ~Nanette Ryan Head of Youth Services at WBPL

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Each time Frosty the Snowman comes to life, he exclaims " Happy Birthday!"

His vivaciousness is contagious. He bounces and dances around, leading a parade, sliding in the snow, fooling around.

We enjoy characters who make a big deal and spread joy, but Frosty goes beyond, he takes care of Karen with little thought of himself when he sees her getting cold.

He really didn't consider that the evil of the world (Professor Hinkle) would lock him inside the greenhouse, causing his demise.

But if he did, would he not have comforted Karen anyway? I think he would have been more aware, but he still would have given his unbounding love.

And his reward for giving unbounding love? Santa grants everlasting life, pronouncing Frosty is constructed of Christmas Snow, which will magically appear each year.

So what does Frosty teach us?
To live each day, giving all we can, living and loving out loud, and our life spirit will live on. Just like Christmas. Just like Frosty, we can pronounce each day: " HAAAPPY BIRRTHDAY!"
And so, dear reader, happy birthday to you! ~ Jacquie

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