Saturday, December 18, 2010

Candy Cane Story and Giveaway Winner :-)

 I love candy canes :-)
You've probably already heard the story,
"The Legend of the Candy Cane".
 It's a beautiful story, and a beautifully illustrated book too.
 
I have my own candy cane story too :-)
When I was a child, I grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, not far from the ocean.
I don't know when it started, but from my earliest childhood memories, 
the people who lived on our block put lights on their houses. 
 Every house on that block of about 30 houses 
also had a tree out in front, near the street. One year, a man that lived on our street 
decided to put lights on that tree, and wrap it like a candy cane
  The idea caught on.
The next year, every family on our street had lights on their houses and on their tree, 
along with the candy cane wrap.
  A tradition started. 
 Ours became the street that people came to see. Someone even nicknamed it
"Candy Cane Lane". This went on for quite a few years. 
Then one year an energy crisis came along, and our President
asked Americans to forgo outdoor lights and cut back on energy use. 
People on our block honored that request. 
The tradition was never again practiced by everyone....
but I have a feeling there are a few others like me
 who grew up on that block,
and are still practicing the tradition today,
and I'll bet they still love candy canes too ;-)
Sometimes their neighbors even join in. Can you see that tree wrapped
across the street? That's my neighbor :-)
 We're all wishing for a little snow again soon!
 
Now on the giveaway....{sorry to keep you waiting}
Using a random generator {which I have no idea how to show you}
the winner of the Ramsign giveaway is #13.
 Congratulations to Michelle of Emerald Cove!
Have a wonderful weekend my friends...
Blessings,
Marcia 

34 comments:

sylvia said...

hi my friend.
I wish you and the family a very beautiful weekend,
hug from sylvia

My name is PJ. said...

I love when neighborhoods do things together! What a great idea!

Are you telling me that it snowed in the desert? How does that work?

Kelli said...

That must have been positively magical to you as a child! :) What a nice story.
And congrats to Michelle!

Brandi said...

I enjoyed reading your story! Hope you get some snow(fingers crossed)!!!

Melanie said...

Hi, Marcia,
That is such a sweet story. How great that you keep the tradition alive.
We had snow this week. It's so pretty, although we did have to cancel school and reschedule a couple of parties because of it.
I like the snowmen by the street...very cute. :)
Merry Christmas to you and your family. ♥

GWENDOLYN KAY said...

I love that idea of wrapping the trees like candy canes... how magical that must have been to have the whole street join it. It is never to late to start traditions again.
Blessings~
Gwenny

Christine said...

That sounds so magical for Christmas - to live on Candy Cane LAne!!
Should be a movie about it!
It must have looked wonderful too!
Merry Christmas to you all!
Christine

michelle said...

What a cute story and I hope that you get some snow!! Thank you for the giveaway! YEAH! I am so excited!! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Julie Harward said...

That is a great tradition, I love it! And I have always loved candy canes too. One year as a kid, I had such a bad sore throat (I was always getting them) and Mom let me, and only me, eat the candy canes hung on the tree because, they made my sore throat feel better! ;D

Brenda Kula said...

What a wonderful tradition! Love candy canes. Especially in a pretty jar.
Brenda

Love of the Sea said...

What a sweet story. And looks like you have a lot of snow outside! Wow. Happy Holidays to you!!!

Auntie Bliss said...

Ohhh! That kind of breaks my heart! What a cute story!

Meg said...

LOVE the tree! Too cute. We'll have to do that one year when our tree is big enough.

Natacha said...

I love candy canes, though I have never seen them here.
I could send a little snow your way, we are having more snow than we have had in years. I love it!

Mrs.Rabe said...

I don't remember visiting your block when I was younger but we must have! What fun!

outdoor.mom said...

oh so neat :-) everything with you is so so neat!! what an amazing woman and what a wonderful tradition to carry on!

Heidi said...

Who says number 13 is unlucky? Congratulations to Michelle.

Love your candy cane story! What a fun thing to do. But that looks Christmassy with our without the lights so they could have just wrapped the trees still in the crisis. It is adorable and that foil gives you the feeling of lights. Fun that you still carry on that childhood tradition.

We woke up to about 8 inches of snow this morning. :-)

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

Thelma Louise said...

Betautiful :-))

Hug

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Torie Jayne said...

What a lovely tradition, I love candy canes!
I would be delighted for you to feature my Winter Woodland Christmas, Have a sweet day!

Susan B said...

Hi Marcia,
We used to have someone in our neighborhood fix the light poles like candy canes. It was very Christmassy! Your tree is so cute! Thank you for sharing the story about your neighborhood.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas with your family! :)

Kristy said...

How fun is this?
Just stopping in to catch up on your blog!
Have a wonderful Christmas!!
Blessings ~

Antoinette said...

Hi Marcia,
Do you really have snow in California???
I just sent you an email :)
Antoinette

Mimi Sue said...

How fun to grow up on Candy Cane Lane! Hope you get a little snow for Christmas. Mimi

Cinnamon said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on our blog. I had a Candy Cane lane that we drove down every year too. It was beautifully lit with so many light and everyone drove by to see it each year. It was in California too~

Love the Candy Cane tree idea. Maybe we'll have to try that out next year.

Merry Christmas~ Cinnamon

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Marcia, that is a sweet story. Candy Cane Lane sounds like it was a lovely place to grow up. :) Wishing you comfort and joy for the week ahead. Peace & blessings, Tammy

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love, love love this story! We live on a cul de sac and the men all try to out do each other with lights. :)

Val said...

What a wonderful post!!!

Janet said...

Marcia,
I really like "The Legend of the Candy Cane" story! And I hope we do get a little snow for Christmas, too!
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!
Christmas Blessings,
Janet

French Basketeer.com said...

Hi Marcia~
thanks for stopping by! Six kids including twins, wow you are busy! I am one of 5 so just a little short ;) I love the candy cane trees and wonder if we couldn't have just a little snow instead of this rain.... wishing you & your family a lovely Christmas week~ Andrea

Dawn said...

Hi:)
I too have that book- it's wonderful! And candy canes and I get along beautifully..one of my favorite things about Christmas!
Lovely photos.

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Love your candy canes in jar, Marcia.
Have a happy last week before Christmastime! xxxx

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

That's *such* a heat-warming story, Marcia. I love it when neighbours get together like that. It's creates such a gorgeous community atmosphere.

I haven't ever heard of that book. I'll have to check it out on Amazon.

Sarahx

Drawn to The Sea said...

I'm so happy for Michelle, she's such a sweetheart!

Candy cane trees... what a cute idea. I love the simplicity of that idea so much better than the inflatable figures & snow globes on my street. I wonder sometimes if kids wouldn't appreciate the homemade decorations so much more.

Merry Christmas, Marcia. I hope it's the best ever for your family.