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Walsh learning the tricks of flipping the switch

Mayor Thomas Menino and Mayor-elect Martin Walsh at Monday’s Copley Square tree lighting
Mayor Thomas Menino and Mayor-elect Martin Walsh at Monday’s Copley Square tree lightingCredit: Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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As Martin J. Walsh prepares to take over at City Hall, he has spent the last few weeks attending many of the same banquets and holiday celebrations as Mayor Thomas M. Menino, joint appearances that allow Walsh to study, up close and in person, the fine art of lighting a Christmas tree in front of a crowd of cocoa-sipping revelers. The task may not entail the exchange of thick policy briefing books, but it goes to the heart of what it means to take the reins of power from a mayor who has made neighborhood celebrations a hallmark of his legacy.

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