Here's what I love most about our Christmas tree-lighting event every year at Pasadena City Hall: Ours is not an uber fancy-schmancy department store type of tree. Instead, ours is traditional and folksy. The entire ceremony warms everyone's hearts.
Last night dozens of people gathered in the grand entrance for the occasion.
Expectant faces were everywhere we looked.
Robin Turrentine led the McKinley After-school Performing Choir. These children -- and their director -- are magnificent.
Mayor Bill Bogaard and I shared the MC responsibilities.
Some of our wonderful volunteers served up refreshments.
And then Mayor Bogaard flicked the switch that lit the tree.
Thanks to Manuel Galloway of our Public Works Department, a crew cleaned and polished the tile floor of City Hall's grand entrance for the event, and the lights are reflected beautifully as a result. (Another Public Works Department crew delivers the tree to City Hall every year, and still another decorates it.)
Happy holidays, everyone!
All photos were shot by the mighty Zack Stromberg of my Public Affairs Office staff.