Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Postcard From California


Christmas Postcard From California
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Greetings from the San Francisco Bay Area where I'm on holiday for the week. In the town where I am visiting family is a residential Christmas display open to the community that attracts thousands of people who tour the yard each year. It is the home of my sister-in-law's childhood friend who is a deacon in the local Catholic parish known to all as Deacon Dave. For over 25 years he has created a Christmas lights extravaganza in his front yard. I remember in the 1980s when he started there were 3000 or 5000 lights. Every year since the number has grown and so have the crowds to see the fun displays like life sized circling figure skaters, dancing trees, a nativity scene, live doves, and giant shining angels. This year the display includes over 3 million lights. For many this has become a treasured tradition to tour with their children on Christmas. I took this shot with my iPhone. I hope all who celebrated it had a lovely Christmas day!

11 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

Well, I do appreciate you searching far and wide for this beautiful light display -:) Hope you had a great Christmas with family, Kim. Lovely weather, though quite crisp, here today. Happy Holidays!

Sally said...

Hello dear Kim, Hope you had a fabulous Christmas. Enjoy your stay in san Francisco.
I have fallen in love this year - with my iPhone!!

Jilly said...

How incredible. The owner must work half the year towards this event. And it must be warm standing near, I'd imagine.

Kim, hope you had and are having a great Christmas in the SF Bay area.

Luis Gomez said...

Nice, very nice. Enjoy the holidays.

Yvi said...

Hello!

Lovely photos!

Greetings
Yvi

SD at "Addicted to The Click" said...

Absolutely beautiful....all the colors.

Debra said...

The lights in all different colors are so beautiful and bright! It would be fun to tour such a wonderful show of lights. Hope you had a very merry christmas!

D said...

What a great display! and I'm sure a LOT of work. I hope you and your family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas.

Virginia said...

Oh Kim, I hope you had a grand Christmas with family and dear friends.
V

Louis la Vache said...

Kim - where in the Bay Area is the display you show?

In a similar vein is this in El Cerrito.

«Louis» would like to drive Mme la Vache by the display you show.

Katie said...

Kim was it a whole year ago that I met you? Where does the time go. I'm bummed I missed Deacon Dave's display this year (my mom lives within walking distance!) as I was in NY with my sister. Maybe I'll meet you there next year! (Or if I make it to Seattle in 2010 I'll let you know.) Happy New Year!