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What a great tradition. I grew up in Palo Alto and lived off Seale and I remember every Christmas driving up and down the street and thinking why can't more streets do this. Now that I am grown and have my own kids I drive them down Fulton and still wish there were more streets like this. What a beautiful way to show holiday spirit.
We drove down the lane on Sunday evening and were very disappointed. So few houses are decorated. I wish more of the homeowners on Seale would participate.
I have fond memories of visiting Christmas Tree Lane in the 60s and it was magical back then. There were only a couple of homes that were dark. Even in the late 70s there were easily twice as many homes decorated as there are now. I don't understand the lack of participation.
For information of this year's Christmas Tree Lane, and a history of the street, check out this article from The Campanile on the Paly Voice
When we moved here back in the early 90s, Christmas Tree Lane was about the only street with multiple houses with lights. It was pretty unique. Now, many streets and homes all over PA are lit and driving anywhere is quite magical. What makes CLT unique now is the small trees, the street lights and the magic of the atmosphere. Seeing kids investigate some of the decorations and hear the Christmas carol singers, is a tradition which is cheap for the rest of us.
Unfortunately, the success of CLT has made it a tourist attraction and I can understand why some of the home owners, who spend their own money on the electricity costs, are reluctant to do more. Do they want more kids traipsing over their manicured lawns?
So, I ask you to treat the residents with the respect they deserve. This treat is only their doing and we should respect their property and also their privacy. They probably enjoy entertaining friends, going out to events, etc. and we are to some extent making life a little more difficult even if they enjoy it. Maybe if we know someone living there, we could offer to help with the decorating, or walk down there during the daylight and pick up some of the trash. Also, remember to treat their property as we would any other property we happen to be walking past.
This is something wonderful for us all and if we all do our bit. If we treat them fairly, they will enjoy doing it for us. If we treat them like Disneyland with rights to trample everywhere, complain about what we get, and abuse the privilege, we may lose it altogether.