When I was little, I remember my mom would pile us in her car, drive us to Pasadena, and we’d meet up with some other families to go check out christmas lights. The kids were all in the back of a suburban, back hatch open, and we’d scream Christmas carols at the top of our lungs. It was a blast. Looking back, I bet the driver of that car got picked the short stick from the other adults. lol.
Last year a new tradition sprouted, and it was a bit closer to home. My birthday lands in the middle of December, and it’s always a bit of a jigsaw puzzle trying to figure out when to celebrate with all the different people. I’m a lucky girl 🙂 This week was the celebration with my dad, stepmom, and little sis Nina. They brought my (older) little sis and we met up at Wakefield Court in Saugus, CA to stroll past all the houses and see all the decorations. Jon came a bit later (didn’t want to leave him out). The street has a cul-de-sac on each end, and is off the main street so it’s a bit quieter. You’re able to hear the different music coming from some of the homes. As you walk around, there are some houses we noticed that changed up some of their decorations. Last year one house had a DJ Santa on the roof with laser lights flashing in the street. This year they had taken their front bonus room (above the garage) and set up moving Santa and Mrs. Claus. Pretty awesome!
They also have on each end of street, collections set up if you’re feeling giving. One is for monetary donations for (I think) the homeless shelters. Another is for toys for (I think) toys for tots. Sorry my memory just isn’t what it used to be. We totally forgot that we wanted to bring a toy (we mentioned it last year) but I’m going to try and go back to leave something. Tis the season for giving!
Last year there was also a sign (unless we missed it this year – I didn’t see it) explaining how the neighborhood started this. After the infamous ’94 Northridge Earthquake, the neighbors started actually being neighborly and helping each other out. Where there was a need, someone on the street filled it. Before Christmas came, they decided to work together to create some wooden signs to put up in front of each home, and started decorating as a group. I know I’m leaving a big chunk out, but it was truly heartwarming when I read it last year. Here’s some photos of the street. I realized I should take photos after we were about 75% done. Oh well 🙂
Aubrey loved staring at the lights. She would talk to them, and I wondered what kind of conversation she could possibly be having with blinking lights.
This fun little guy hung over the driveway of one of the homes
Nina (left) and Aubrey (right) admiring one of the first houses
This house had penguins on the roof, and up their walkway. These were some of the decorations they wore Reindeer, Santa, and a neck thing
After we finished walking around, we headed over to Bella Cucina for some yummy dinner. It was a bit difficult keeping a 3.5 year old and a 13 month old preoccupied. We did our best and luckily no one seemed to care that Aubrey loved to squeal over some of her food. By the end, we found the best “pacifier” – the crust of pizza. She truly is an Italian at heart!