Christmas Day!

After the presents were done, and skype/phone calls with family had commenced, we decided to head on out to another park in our neighborhood to shoot of rockets. Yet another, you guessed it, family tradition. Christmas day is for rockets at our house. It was so much fun to take turns getting to launch the rocket, and then watching the boys run around trying to find where it would land.

Evan wanted to make sure someone walked with Grandma :) Sweetest boy ever.

Later that night we had a big feast for Christmas. It is basically a repeat of Thanksgiving at our house for our Christmas dinner. My Dad's homemade Apple pie was again, my favorite part! Although with that said my mom really knocked it out of the park with some of her sides this year. I never knew I could LOVE beans so much.

We ended the night walking Christmas Card Lane. If you guys are ever in the San Diego area during Christmas, you have to check out apart of my neighborhood. People will actually take buses from downtown to come see Christmas Card Lane.

As wikipedia describes, "Christmas Card Lane is a holiday light display in San Diego, California in the community of Rancho Penasquitos. It is one of the most famous holiday displays in San Diego. Residents erect giant plywood greetings in their front yards depicting cartoon characters,
religious images, or Christmas themes."

I grew up in Rancho Penasquitos, and so every December has been filled with going to Christmas Card Lane. It is pretty spectacular. People go above and beyond and you will often find crowds of people wondering the neighborhood, caroling, watching movies on their lawns, handing out hot cocoa and the whole works. Everyone has their "favorite" cards, and the whole thing is pretty special. Story is it was all started by a woman who was an artist for Disney. She created a big version of a greeting card with her gorgeous art and encouraged her neighbors to join in the fun. And they did, over 200 homes participate in Christmas Card Lane! Don't plan on driving through their quickly during any given day at the end of the month. Christmas Card Lane is one of my favorite things to do at Christmas, and it was so fun to be home this year to do it.

Really it was such a great, great day! And then we played games and watched movies into the wee wee hours of the morning!

16 comments

  1. It looks like you guys had a blast!

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  2. looks so fun! I love christmas time in california ;)

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  3. how cool!
    I just can't get enough of christmas pics ;)

    love your sister in law's hair!

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  4. I live in SD and this was the first year I had ever heard of Christmas Card lane. We went and it was amazing!

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  5. What a lovely Christmas day! That photo of your parents is adorable!

    kirstyandseth.blogspot.com

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  6. I spy Christmas crackers! My husband's family does that, too! Did someone in your family bring that tradition back from England, too? :)

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  7. The base we're stationed at does those plywood Christmas Cards. Every squadron makes their own and puts them on the main road. I love it! Your neighborhood sounds like the coolest place to grow up! What a fun Christmas!

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  8. okay your sister in law looks soooo familiar. that rocket looks rad, and my grandparents took me to christmas card lane when i was a little girl! loved it!

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  9. You are making me wish Christmas was back already!! What sweet pictures!! Family time always makes me smile, even if it's not my own pictures. There is just something about families that are so special and that love tends to shine through posts like this.

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  10. We LOVE Christmas Card Lane! We live in Rancho Bernardo, so close to where you grew up! And every year we go walking along with our friends. Your family looks like they are the sweetest!

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  11. This is so fun, it looks like you had a great time!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  12. 1) Those picture posts are making me terribly hungry in the best way 2) I've always wanted to see Christmas Card Lane so thanks for sharing those pictures! 3) You look radiantly beautiful, as always.


    -BZ (http://zealouslyzika.com/(

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  13. Seriously love how you document our family history :)

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  14. That is so sweet and looks like so much fun!

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