Thursday, December 28, 2017


Whoops, I see what with cooking, hostessing, eating, socializing and worshipping, I'm a little behind here,

A couple of weeks back, I devoted a column to a December tradition in my neck of the woods Christmas Tree Lane.

Here's how the piece begins:

Christmas Tree Lane in Altadena, known for the rest of the year as Santa Rosa Avenue, is a Southern California holiday tradition. The approximately .07-mile stretch, between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive, is lined on both sides by Deodar Cedars (“Cedrus deodara”) that, during December, are festooned with more than 10,000 lights. Its association claims it the oldest large-scale Christmas lighting spectacle in the U.S.

Santa Rosa Avenue was the former driveway of brothers Frederick and John Woodbury who, in 1880, bought 937 acres in the scenic San Gabriel Foothills, named the parcel Woodbury Ranch and founded what is now the unincorporated area known as Altadena.

The trees were originally grown from seed brought back by John Woodbury after a trip to Italy. In 1885, ranch superintendent Tony Hoag oversaw the original planting of the 3-foot saplings.

In 1920, local merchant Fred Nash was inspired, with the help of the Pasadena Kiwanis Club, to drape the tree branches with colored electric Christmas lights: white, red, green and blue.


There's still plenty of time to view The Lane--hope everyone had a beautiful Christmas.

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