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The Gardner House Cafe on 3rd Ave. was looking pretty and festive a couple of nights ago. It’s hard to believe it’s already time for Christmas lights. Anyone want to come over to my house and put my decorations out?
Now that Christmas is over, Santa Claus is taking a break. He and his old pal Frosty the Snowman decided to spend some time getting caught up on everything that’s happened since last winter. Santa spent all his time organizing this year’s sleigh ride, moderating elf disputes, and making his naughty and nice lists. Frosty on the other hand spent most of the summer in Antarctica, because he’d never been there before. He made a lot of good penguin friends, though one thought it was funny to steal Frosty’s magic hat and put it on random lumps of snow to see if they would dance around like Frosty. They did, though Frosty never saw them. Without his hat, he couldn’t do or see a thing. Darned penguin.
All in all, it was a good visit, though by the end of it things became a bit strained. Santa was really tired and wasn’t his usual jolly old self. Frosty said he wasn’t sure he’d want to visit again next year, but Santa wasn’t worried. He knew Frosty would be back again someday. Even if he wasn’t, Santa has ways of tracking people down. It’s what he does.
Why, yes, I am posting a photo of Christmas lights after Christmas is over. That would be because I have one singular non-Christmas photo I can post, so I’m taking advantage of the near-Christmas vibe for as long as I can. This house happens to be my own.
I hope everyone who celebrated Christmas had a great holiday, and that everyone in general had a great Tuesday.
Oh, look. Christmas lights. I haven’t posted those for the last several days or anything. I took this photo in my front yard, because there are lights in my front yard, and I have a camera. So I took a picture. And posted it here. Today. Well, technically, I wrote this a few days ago, but it’s getting posted today. Whenever today is. I’ve lost track.
We have a treat today — Stayton firefighter Matt Aalto submitted this photo of the Ladder 80 fire truck decorated in Christmas lights. Matt also included a description of how it was made:
We have been taking our 105 foot aerial ladder all over the place this season to show off our lighting display and spread the Christmas cheer! We will have it in the community a few more times before the season is over. Attached is a photo recently taken at the Keizer Festival of Lights parade. There are over 4000 lights, 35 extension cords, a signing Santa on the front and a 7ft tall Santa on back, 1 audio receiver, 1 computer, 2 Light O’ Rama control towers all connected with Ethernet and power cables. There are 8 programmed songs and a few hundred feet of insulated wiring. 4 weather proof speakers and a Honda generator are all involved in making the lights work. The project was completed by the staff and volunteers and has over 100 man hours involved. Our biggest challenge was to keep the Ladder in service at all times. In the event of an emergency, the Ladder can be made ready to fight fire in less than a minute even in the middle of a light show!
We hope that you have a great Christmas!
Thank you, Matt! And thanks to all the firefighters in the Stayton area, and all over the planet. You guys and gals are simply awesome.
Yep, another shot of Christmas lights. I like Christmas lights, so I’m taking advantage of things and posting as many as I can before Christmas is over.
As a side note, there is a little sign on the house (it’s not visible in the photo) which says “beware of the attack poodle.” Duly noted.
I took this in the newish neighborhood off the newish part of 3rd Ave. at the north end of town.
I found this set up on a street between 3rd and 4th Ave., in downtown Stayton.
On an unrelated note, my heart goes out to the victims, their families, and everyone else affected by the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I can’t begin to comprehend what they are going through, nor can I understand what would cause someone to do such a horrendous thing. All I can think is those children will never see another Christmas (or whatever holidays they may have celebrated), and will never grow up. If you haven’t already, give your family members extra hugs and them them how much you love them.