A Villebois Christmas

It’s been a slow blogging time for me lately due to a few injuries that have kept me sidelined from getting out with my cameras. However, I did venture out last weekend long enough to celebrate in the tree lighting ceremony in my neighborhood.

lighting of the tree

lighting of the tree

I live in a suburb of Portland and our little community has many planned events during the year. Both the residents and business owners get together and put on several celebrations during the year. Two of our biggest are the 4th of July parade and barbecue and at Christmas it is caroling and a lighting ceremony. In past years the pavilion in Sophia Park was lit, but as the neighborhood grows so does the park system that winds itself through the community. We now have a great big fir tree that was this year’s centerpiece to the festivities.

new pavilion

new pavilion

Some of the city’s businesses provided hot chocolate and cookies, while the elementary school located within the neighborhood did the caroling, and one of our long-time residents played Santa.

cookies

cookies

providing music

providing music

carolers

carolers

making videos

making videos

never without their phones

never without their phones

a neighbor did the honors of taking photos with Santa

a neighbor did the honors of taking photos with Santa

new American citizens

new American citizens

a family portrait

a family portrait

music

Santa

Santa

Many thanks go out to all the people who helped put this on. It was a great night. the weather was dry and even kind of warm. There were booths of crafts to buy, food to eat, a toy drive and good conversation with neighbors. On the way home we walked by some nicely lit houses. It was also just good to get out.

cool lights

cool lights

lights in the neighborhood

lights in the neighborhood

a Villebois house

a Villebois house

row of homes

row of homes

O CVhristmas tree

O Christmas tree

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About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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