Monday, December 07, 2009

A local holiday tradition. Christmas Tree Lane has become a family tradition for many generations of local families. I remember my parents driving us through Christmas Tree Lane every year to look at all the beautiful lights. I still love to look at lighted homes and yard displays. This is how Christmas Tree Lane began 89 years ago. Today, Christmas Tree Lane is two MILES of lights and holiday cheer.
Twice per year, the lane is shut down to motor traffic and only walkers are allowed. We have made a family tradition of walking the lane. The kids favorite displays change each year (last year's post) This was Joshua and Brandi's first year to walk together (maybe this is the beginning of another generation...)
Nate was the only one who wanted his picture with Santa.
My pride and JOYs!
I took this photo for my friends, the Gaertners.
I hope it says something like Happy Holidays!
Jacob walked to Christmas Tree Lane from our house, about 1.5 miles.
Nate rode in the wagon. So, it was Jacob's turn to ride.
Each year the art students at the local high schools paint signs.
This is one of two by out high school.
This is the other. Brandi is a senior this year.
Shawn is a junior. Go PATES!
Nate and I got separated from the group.
Brian was pulling the wagon and i made sure to keep hold of Nate's hand.
Nate's fascination this year is with Rudolph.
This was my favorite this year, a huge Christmas card.
And the only picture of me, lol.
Nate loved these characters from the cartoon.
We had just watched it a few days before.
Nate and I found hot chocolate, and Bumble Bee.
Santa's worshop always gets Nate's attention.
This was Nate's favorite house. He want a house like this,
"because, it has another story."
I'd love to have a house like this someday, too.
Last year, the grand finale was the house with the "snow." That was all Nate talked about as we walked the lane. "I wonder if there will be snow." You know when you live where it never snows, even fake snow brings holiday magic; and Nate was not disappointed.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Traditionally, the evening ends with Starbucks.
Its a good thing too. Baby, its cold outside...
Nate walked nearly the whole two miles,
so he got to ride in the wagon one the way home.
Wishing you and your family a holiday filled with love and happiness. May this season be filled with traditions that will become lifelong happy memories.

1 comment:

Brandi said...

Yes, a start of another generation tradition. J and I were talking about that, he said no matter what, we have to walk it at least once a year. I'm not complaining, I love Christmas Tree Lane. :)