Another year, brings another September 1st and another one of our favorite holidays… Allston Christmas. Allston Christmas is the time when hundreds of thousands of college students move into and out of apartments in the area, leaving their belongings strewn about streets in student-rich sections of the city.
According to Urban Dictionary, Allston ‘Christmas’ refers to the bounty of “new” stuff that one can easily acquire free of cost simply by walking down to the sidewalk and running off with it back into your own apartment. Much of the items that are left on the sidewalk are free to take because people can’t fit them into their new apartment or don’t have enough space in the truck to move them. However, many of the items are simply left on the sidewalk temporarily and are rummaged (read: ‘stolen’) by the neighbors in the chaos that is the city of Boston on September 1st.
With over 70% of leases ending on September 1st, it’s no surprise to find the city alive with moving trucks and to find discarded belongings on every corner. What is surprising is the types of things you’ll find.
This year in honor of Allston Christmas, we at Olympia decided to pair with Flutter to give one lucky winner the gift of a free move. And,while Bridget didn’t have to deal with the stress of heavy lifting during her move, these people weren’t so lucky.
Whether you love it or hate it, here are some of our favorite accounts of Allston Christmas 2016:
You know it’s Christmas when Santa shows up!
but an Allston Christmas wouldn’t be the same without an appearance from the BPD… bad Santa.
When you know you shouldn’t even bother trying to drive through Allston…
but you still appreciate the holiday’s roots!
Allston Christmas is a deep rooted tradition that you won’t soon escape, even if you aren’t living in the area anymore.
Because despite all the frustration…
at the end of the day you (hopefully) have a new, furnished apartment, with some street finds and maybe a bedbug or ten…
and minimal damage,
or insights into the reality of how your neighbors live…
But most of all, it wouldn’t be Allston Christmas without the fun.
Until next year, Boston!
If you’re planning a move and you’d like to save yourself some stress, give us a call at 800-222-4744.
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