Globe staff photos of the month, December 2019

Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month: holiday seasonal events, the death of Pete Frates, Boston city council results, winter weather, and high school football championships.
Isaac Holbert (left) enjoyed the company of Santa Claus, portrayed by Eddie A. Brimage at the Black Market in Boston on Dec. 7. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Fireworks exploded around the Christmas tree on the Boston Common at the conclusion of the 78th annual tree lighting there on Dec. 5. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Officer Cynthia Brewington of the Boston Police Department danced at the 31st Annual Senior First Night Celebration at the World Trade Center in Boston on Dec. 30. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)
Rabbis Yosef Zaklos, left, and Chaim Prus danced the Hora during the 36th annual lighting of the menorah at the Boston Common on Dec. 22. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe)
Boston’s First Night activities centered around Copley Square and dancers with the Chu Ling Dance Academy took turns practicing spins in the hallway while waiting to dance at the Copley Square Mall. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Verger Robert E. Yearwood waved to an attendee of the Christmas Eve service at Trinity Churchin Boston on Dec. 24. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe)
Children cheered for Santa upon his arrival at the annual Washington Street and Grove Hall Tree Lighting in West Roxbury on Dec. 15. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Aggie, the resident golden retriever of the Stone Hearth Inn Tavern, enjoyed the afternoon sun in Chester, Vt., on Dec. 19. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)
Dana Mendes held his niece, Izariel Brown, age 5, as they walked into the Winter Wonderland at the annual Christmas in the City event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on Dec. 22. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe)
Santa Claus welcomed visitors to his house in Springfield, Vt., on Dec. 19. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)
Ice clung to plants and rocks along the gushing Herring Brook in Pembroke after snow turned to ice and then rain during a storm on Dec. 17. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Maudy Constanza, age 24, had her family divided as they sought asylum in the United States. She is in Ashland with her two daughters while her husband and son are in Nuevo Laredo, a Mexican town, under the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Celine Dion performed at TD Garden on Dec. 13. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe)
Kalifa Kamara sang as he drummed during a Community Kwanzaa Celebration at the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library on Dec. 27. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
A pedestrian walked through a shaft of light in Boston’s Liberty Square on Dec. 23. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
A woman ran through the rain in front of a mural of a lizard on Mass. Ave. near the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge on Dec. 14. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Brian Stroble, of Brighton, stretched outside Harvard Yard before the start of the Cambridge 5K Yulefest on Dec. 15. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Gloria Donahue sang Christmas carols in a drum circle led by David Currier at Life Care Centers of the North Shore in Lynn. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)
Ester Sanchez Kinsley gave a piggyback ride to Jadeline Guzman as the class gathered in front of their artwork, which is taped up in the gym at Esperanza Academy in Lawrence. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff)
City Councilor Julia Mejia (left) grasped hands with an assistant registrar after bringing in a cake to the elections office in City Hall to thank workers who counted votes during a recount of the fall’s city council election. Mejia won her seat by a single vote after the recount. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Senator Elizabeth Warren made a campaign stop at the Old South Church on New Year’s Eve. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
Ana Vergara, mother of Dr. Lina Bolanos, clasped her hands together in a Suffolk Superior Courtroom after Bampumim Teixeira was found guilty of murdering Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field. (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)
One of the six dogs that was rescued from a slaughterhouse in Cambodia and brought through Logan Airport to be adopted locally as a pet. (Lane Turner/Globe Staff)
A dog walked its human past a pulled in the bike lane of Washington Street in Boston as temperatures dropped on Dec. 11. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Evan, 7, Dylan, 6, and Laya, 3, watched a movie while getting ready for bed in the back of their family’s van in Biddeford, Maine. The family had been evicted from their three-bedroom apartment earlier that day. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)
Pallbearers carried the casket of Pete Frates up the stairs at St. Ignatius Church in Boston during the funeral Mass on Dec. 13 for the former Boston College baseball star who battled ALS for years. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Sunrise Movement organizer Sarah Duckett lead a chant with about 100 other activists as they assembled in front of Governor Charlie Baker’s office at the State House on Dec. 6. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)
A snowstorm coated cars and trees on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston on Dec. 3. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
Skaters cast long shadows as they enjoyed the Boston Common Frog Pond rink on Dec. 24. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Maddie Alexander, age 14, collapsed in the snow after a snowball fight with her two brothers in Wilmington on Dec. 2, as they enjoyed the first snowstorm of the winter. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff)
Swampscott’s Nick Reiser (left) and Caden Dubiel kissed the Agganis Trophy after defeating Amherst-Pelham in the Division 5 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Dec. 7. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
West Bridgewater’s Sean Carter was overcome with emotion after losing to St. Bernard’s in the Division 8 Super Bowl on Dec. 6 at Gillette Stadium. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Amherst-Pelham’s Zayd Sadiq was head over heels after dropping a long pass in the Division 5 Super Bowl. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Kristen McDonnell grimaced after Dover-Sherborn scored against the Mustangs on Dec. 13. After guiding the Braintree girls’ basketball program to four Division 1 titles in 10 years, McDonnell has taken over as the boys’ coach in Norwood. (Erin Clark for The Boston Globe)
Boston Celtics center Tacko Fall was welcomed on stage by Keith Lockhart to conduct “Sleigh Ride” at Symphony Hall on Dec. 23. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe)
Tacko Fall stretched out to dive for a loose ball in the fourth quarter of the Celtics’ 114-93 win over the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden on Dec. 20. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet fell to the floor after colliding during Toronto’s 113-97 victory at TD Garden on Dec. 28. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Quarterback Tom Brady was on his back with the football after being sacked in the third quarter of the Patriots’ 28-22 loss to the Texans at NRG Stadium in Houston on Dec. 1. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Patriots lineman Isaiah Wynn lifted up receiver Julian Edelman after a successful two-point conversion in New England’s 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 21. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
Patriots receiver N’Keal Harry flipped over Bills defensive back Kevin Johnson during the second quarter of New England’s win over Buffalo. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
N’Keal Harry couldn’t come up with a second quarter pass in the end zone during the Patriots’ 27-24 loss to the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 29. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara held a puck up to an admiring fan during pregame warmups before the Bruins’ 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders on Dec. 19 at TD Garden. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
Bruins forward David Pastrnak handled the puck while being covered by Nashville Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm in the first period of Nashville’s 4-3 win over the Bruins at TD Garden on Dec. 21. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe)
Bruins forward Brad Marchand found his face a little obscured by his hair during a tussle with Chicago’s Connor Murphy in the second period of Chicago’s 4-3 win over the Bruins on Dec. 5 at TD Garden. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)
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