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In this week's issue: "Winter Wonderland," "Sports stars score holiday smiles," and more

Stories in the 12/23/2011 Issue of Hotline

Brightening the holidays

There may be no place like home for the holidays – but staff at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) do their best to brighten the season for both inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients.

Celebrating the eight-day Festival of Lights

Although the entire Chanukah season is filled with memorable moments, for Ellen Forman, there is one she fondly recounts as her favorite.

Friendly competition brings holiday joy

The battle began brewing at the MGH in the final weeks of November.

HAVEN gift drive brings cheer to local families

MGH employees with gifts ranging from bicycles to microwaves poured into the Buswell Room and later the North Garden Room during the Dec. 15 annual HAVEN (Hospitals Helping Abuse and Violence End Now) gift drive.

MGHers help Santa stay in tip-top shape

Every December for as long as many staff members can remember, a cheerful old man with a long white beard has been admitted to the MGH Department of Surgery.

Puppy Pals

Sydney Vitti, 9, hugs a teddy bear given to her by Santa Claus and his helpers, Stephanie Ploof and Taylor Poucel, as part of the 14th annual Puppy Pals event on Dec. 20.

Santa’s sleigh stops at MGHfC

‘Twas two weeks before Christmas, and all through the inpatient pediatric units at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), children were cheering because Santa Claus had come with presents galore.

Singing songs of the season

Patients, visitors and staff were treated to a medley of seasonal songs Dec. 15 as part of the MGH Chaplaincy’s annual Songfest.

Sports stars score holiday smiles

December was an all-star month at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), with holiday visits from players from the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins.

What's Happening: Dec. 23

What's Happening for Dec. 23.

Winter wonderland

Scrumptious snacks, festive decorations and holiday cheer abounded at this year’s MGH employee parties. Celebrations were held Dec. 13 at the Charlestown Navy Yard and Dec. 19 on the Main Campus for both day- and night-shift MGHers.

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