An estimated eight in ten Boston apartments have September 1 move-in/move-out dates.

                        An estimated eight in ten Boston apartments have September 1 move-in/move-out dates.

If you’re one of the thousands of Bostonians who spent the three-day weekend packing, cleaning, moving and unpacking, take heart -- you never have to move again! At least … not for another year.

For most Americans, Labor Day means a Monday free of work, but this year our fair city braced itself for another sort of holiday, one that involves a fair amount of laboring -- Allston Christmas. As tens of thousands of renters play musical apartments on Boston’s nearly universal move-in/move-out day of September 1, they leave behind piles of unwanted belongings on city curbs. See something you like? It’s yours! Merry Allston Christmas. Named for the student-heavy west Boston neighborhood, the tradition is also observed in other areas, including Brighton, Brookline, Fenway, Mission Hill and South Boston.

                            On Allston Christmas, countless pieces of furniture and home decor are up for grabs.

                            On Allston Christmas, countless pieces of furniture and home decor are up for grabs.

Regardless of where you celebrated, we hope that this year’s Allston Christmas brought you good tidings of the perfect free kitchen table, lamp or desk chair. Other hazards of Moving Day -- bumper-to-bumper traffic. And, of course, the truck that inevitably gets stuck on Storrow Drive or is that just an urban legend?

Whether you spent Labor Day weekend moving, helping someone else move or just watching the chaos unfold from the comfort of your front porch, we hope you had a very merry Allston Christmas and a happy Moving Day 2014!

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