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Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Season Has Officially Begun
Don't listen to the department stores that put out their Christmas trees and other holiday decorations before Halloween every year.
The season really, truly begins with the tree-lighting ceremony at Pasadena City Hall!
The festivities took place tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the grand entrance, where more than 100 people had gathered.
The event kicked off with the McKinley After-school Chorus under the direction of Robin Turrentine. They were just great! Mayor Bill Bogaard is out of town, so Vice Mayor Steve Haderlein did the honors. He flipped the switch that turned the tree from plain... ...to brightly lit. Hundreds and hundreds of LED lights were donated by Pasadena Water and Power. They use only 10% of the energy that incandescent tree lights use, and they don't put out any heat whatsoever.
A lot of people brought unwrapped gifts to put in the Pasadena Fire Department's Spark of Love boxes for needy children and teens.
Drive by some night when you're in the neighborhood. The tree, in all its glory, is spectacular!