Historical Tidbit:
First Department Store Santa

With the holidays fast approaching there is no escaping the coveted Christmas music singing loudly over speakers in department stores, the store's shelves stocked miles deep with all kinds of festivities to celebrate the season in whatever way you please. But there's one special holiday tradition that holds it's roots right in our own backyard.

In December of 1890, James Edgar of Brockton, Massachusetts became America's first ever department store Santa Claus. Commonly referred to as "Colonel Jim", Edgar ventured to Boston in the weeks leading up the Christmas that year and had a special Santa costume tailored. He then began making appearances and in turn, helping childhood dreams come true. 

Children began flooding in for the chance to meet Santa at Edgar's Department Store in Brockton from all over Boston, Providence, and even from New York. Many who had the chance to meet Edgar as Santa still look fondly back at these memories, describing the magic he created for them. 

In the years that followed, department store Santa's became a staple for the holiday season. While others may claim to have had a department store Santa before 1890, Santa historians still name our very own James Edgar as the first with a known identity, and the first to inspire more, making his appearances all the more special.

Story compiled by Amanda Guindon from
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Holiday Apple Galette Zoom Event
Tues, Nov 30th
A delicious holiday pastry is one crust and one filling away. In this class, Liz Barbour of The Creative Feast will demonstrate her favorite pie dough recipe and prepare a beautiful apple galette you will love to serve at your holiday table for years to come. Liz will also share cooking wisdom and tips that will inspire you to create variations of her recipe.

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Massasoit Theatre Company Presents
WW II Radio Christmas
Saturday, December 4, at 1:00p
Sunday, December 5, at 1:00p
Fine Arts Building, Large Theatre
1 Massasoit Boulevard, Brockton

$14 General • Patron/$12 Students/Seniors/Veterans
$10 Groups of 10 or more
Cash or Check only, no credit/debit cards accepted
Proof of vaccination & ID are required at the door
Friends of the Whitman
Public Library  
Monthly Meeting 
Wed, Dec 8th
6:30 - 8p
Historical Room in Library
Contact: Lorna Holbrook 781-447-7613
Whitman/Hanson High School Holiday Concert & Lunch
Thurs, Dec 9th
sign up by Nov 29th
11a - 1p
WHHS invites the COA to attend the annual Holiday Concert put on by the Show Choir and attend lunch served by members of the HS Student Council.
Call to sign up: (781) 447-7619
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Celebrate the Holidays with Dollars for Scholars!
Support the 2022 Whitman senior class with a fun, holiday fundraiser in partnership with Dollars for Scholars.

Sponsor a Christmas tree during their Decorate for Dollars fundraiser for $100 per tree (includes approx. 6 ft. tree, lights, and a sign displaying sponsor name), and the trees will be displayed in the Whitman Town Park December 10th - 12th. All proceeds from this fundraiser will support the Dollars for Scholarship fundraiser, and all are welcome to sponsor a tree!

For more information on the event or to view the signup flyer, visit the Whitman Pride Facebook page.
Here is some good news...
Nov 10, 2021, Officer Harrington of the Whitman Police Department, in conjunction with the Massachusetts Military Support Foundation, presented Whitman Veteran’s Agent Sara Lansing and Whitman Town Administrator Lincoln Heineman with 10 Coats-4-Vets care packages. Each bucket contains a winter coat, PPE, water, and snacks. These packages are for the homeless veteran population and other at-risk individuals in communities across the state.
With winter right around the corner, and Veteran’s Day last week, we urge everyone to remember the sacrifices our Veteran’s have made and continue to make on our behalf.
These next few months are difficult for those in need. The Whitman Food Pantry and local homeless shelters are always looking for donations. Please keep them in mind this holiday season. Thank you!
The Power of Kindness
Passages from Kylee Eagles, DO
"To bring more kindness into your life, I advise you to slow down and start noticing the world around you. You will start to notice opportunities to perform acts of kindness. No act is too small. However, the more kindness you spread, the larger impact your will have on your health and others. A patient of mine told me a beautiful story of how she had given extra boots, hats and mittens to neighbors after noticing them playing in the snow without any winter gear. Over the years, she gave what she could. Fifteen years later, one of the kids knocked on her door to thank her. My patient was pleasantly surprised to realize how much her act of kindness mattered.

Increasing how many kind acts you perform daily is like developing a good habit. The more you practice being kind, the easier it will be to be kind. You can grow your kindness muscles. Be patient with yourself as you make this positive change."

To read the article in it's entirety, visit the Youth Health Connection newsletter!
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The Whitman DPW is looking to hire Snow Plow contractors for this winter.

We need from pickup trucks to front end loaders.
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Whitman-Hanson Regional School District, School Committee Meeting
November 17, 2021
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Whitman Board of Selectmen Meeting November 23, 2021
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Music is Welcomed Back to Town Hall Auditorium
On Sun Nov 7th at the Whitman Town Hall Auditorium, The Brockton Symphony Orchestra presented the Blue Shades Clarinets Ensemble and the Bailey Street Brass Ensemble. This event was free with funding provided by a grant from the Mass Cultural Council and the local Whitman Cultural Council.

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Another concert will be held in the auditorium on Sunday December 5th at 2:30p. Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra will present: A Christmas concert for all ages!
Brockton Symphony Orchestra Letter from the Chair

"Welcome, Friends and Members of the Community,

I am happy to announce that the Brockton Symphony is back! We are gearing up for a sensational season of live symphonic and chamber music concerts!

We are excited to begin our 2021-2022 season with two FREE chamber concerts in November and for the December holiday, along with our perennial Chamber Concert in January, and two full symphonic concerts in March and April.

As we begin anew after our long hiatus, we honor the memory of James M. Orent and his truly memorable 14 years with the Symphony. (Read more)

We are currently searching for a new Music Director for the BrSO. Finalists will conduct concerts this spring and during next season.

I’m thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our BrSO family, our Marketing and Fundraising Manager, Aimee Toner. Read Aimee's welcome message to you!"

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What was James Edgar's nickname?

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Yes, Kindness

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud --- the obstacles of life and its suffering. ... The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. ... Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.”
~ Goldie Hawn

“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~ Desmond Tutu
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
~ Lao-Tzu

Here we are, we just need to be kind to each other, it's a good place to start on any day.
Enjoy your day. ~ Jacquie
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