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Boulder Creek starts the Christmas Season

8 Dec

All the towns around here have their town Christmas trees — as many towns do — since we live in the Redwoods, all of ours are Redwoods. They are huge. In my not-so-humble opinion, Boulder Creek has the best Christmas tree going. It’s huge and beautiful. I love driving into town at night and seeing it lit up at the end of town. Scotts Valley and Felton both have their trees lit up but their trees are lit in an odd way and look like giant potatoes draped with lights. Quite odd. {click}

Boulder Creek lit up our tree in our unique fashion tonight. We started the evening in a rather hectic way. Friends invited us to a party at their house. The plan was a potluck, then everyone walks down to town to watch the tree lighting, and then we walk back and eat dessert. Totally fun. I didn’t walk — terrible asthma right now — but it was a lot of fun.

Everyone gathers along our main road as it gets dark. A group is singing Christmas carols (badly), everyone is talking and socializing. It’s wonderful. It’s cold but not horribly so. And suddenly, there is a wail of sirens from the far end of town. The fire trucks are coming. They escort Santa into town riding high up on one of the trucks, waving at all the people.

Fire trucks delivering Santa so he can light our tree

 All the crowds listen (or try to) as Santa talks to everyone.  We were across the street and couldn’t hear a thing but no one minds.  It’s all fun.  The building there behind the crowd is a coffee shop called Rainbow’s End.  It is built around a Redwood Tree.  The tree goes up through the roof.  That is the tree that light’s up.  Watch carefully. . . .

The crowd listens to Santa talk

There it is!  Isn’t that beautiful? You can see how tall and lovely it is.  It lights up the whole town at night in December.

The Boulder Creek Christmas Tree

I love this town.  Today was also our “Community Partnership Day.”  All the businesses in Town gave a portion of their profits to the school today.  Of course, we promoted this effort, the classes made posters, and passed out flyers.  We announced it in our classroom newsletters and on our website.  It’s this kind of effort that makes me love teaching in a small town — that and getting “Hi, Ms Miller”ed when we’re at events like this.

Christmas Meme

8 Dec

Saw this on Jayne‘s blog.

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags?

Either. It depends on the gift and the recipient.

2. Real tree or artificial?
Always real. It’s how we know it’s Christmas. We get our tree at a local tree farm.

3. When do you put up the tree?
We usually get the tree the first weekend in December and put it up the next weekend, I suppose.

4. When do you take the tree down?
We take it down, grudgingly with much muttering about the work of it all early in January.

5. Favorite gift received as a child?
Don’t remember. How sad is that?

7. Hardest person to buy for?
My kids, honestly. They want for nothing and the things they do want now are crazy expensive or unavailable. Sigh.

8. Easiest person to buy for?
My mom or my sister. I know what they like (I think) pretty well.

9. Worst Christmas gift ever received?
This I do remember. With my name being Liza, my relatives would always try, unsuccessfully, to find personalized items. Several times, they just figured that Lisa would do and get me stuff that said that instead. It didn’t do.

10. Mail or email Christmas card?
Neither. Sigh. I haven’t managed Christmas cards since I was pregnant with Gage. And, that factors in that for years before that we sent out New Year’s Cards instead just to give ourselves more time to manage that task. The really sad thing? I make the damn detailed Holiday letter every year but I don’t send them out.

11. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Don’t really have one.

12. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
Sigh. There was a time when I would be done with my Christmas shopping in October. I usually start in October but I haven’t managed that task in years. I’m not done now and I’m starting to panic.

13. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
Of course. What else do you do with a gift you won’t use? Throw it out?

14. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Our families’ Christmas feast.

15. Lights on the tree?
What else? Candles? Of course, lights go on the tree.

16. Favorite Christmas song?
O Holy Night and God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

17. Travel at Christmas or stay home?
Thankfully, we stay at home.
18. Can you name Santa’s reindeer?
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donder and Blitzen. And, Rudolph.

19. Angel on top or a star?
My family grew up with an Angel on top. But, Greg grew up with a star. I insisted on an angel for ever but last year, we switched to a star. I’m okay with it.

20. What do you leave out for Santa?
Milk and cookies.