Dec 10, 2008

Wordful Wednesday -Christmas Parade

Jim and I started dating in November of 1987.  Needless to say, we did a lot of holiday related outings those first few months of our relationship. 

One of the first Christmas events together was attending the OB Christmas parade.  This small beach community produces what is probably one of the funkiest, most unique homespun parades around.

That first year we only caught the last 15 minutes of what was a 30 minute parade of neighbors walking down the street with lights dangling off their peace signs and old surfers dancing around with their beat up surf boards.

It was a hoot and we were hooked!  Little did we know that year that we would start a yearly tradition that would eventually include our two daughters.



These days our favorite tradition is sitting curbside in our chairs eating steaming hot Tamales from Ortegas.  By far the best parade route Tamales in town.



I'll have some more pictures of the unique Ocean Beach flavor on Friday!

This Wordful Wednesday was brought to you by Angie over and Seven Clown Circus.

Come and play along!

Side note:  I took both of these pictures.  The second picture is of a truck covered in christmas lights cruising by.  I shot it with a really slow shutter speed to get this cool effect.

34 comments:

Ronnica said...

You're making me hungry!

rachael said...

wow, what a unique and wonderful tradition! it sounds like loads of fun!

gingela5 said...

Sounds like a fun tradition! That tamale looks delicious!

kjamama said...

Sounds great!! Now I want a tamale....

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Ymmy, I love tamales. What is that second photo of? It looks very artistic.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, that sounds like a perfect evening in my book. Really. I would so love it where you live. And those tamales, aye aye aye. Sounds delish!

Letti said...

Those tamales are making my mouth water. What a beautiful picture with all of the colors.

Saundra@An Italian Mama Gone Crazy said...

Hey girl... did you take that shot of the lights? so cool!

I've been to that parade! It is very unique!

mine, by magpie said...

oooh- can't wait to see what this is all about. mmm...i need french fries now...

Miss Anne said...

How sweet! I love hearing about other's traditions!

:)

Kristin said...

Those are really cool pics. Great now I am hungry.

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

Sounds like a lot of fun.

RhondaLue said...

mmmm hot tamales!! yum yum

I love that you now include your daughters in the tradition. Super cool!

Brenda said...

It does sound like fun. I love, love tamales!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

oh -I'm jealous - too be eating outside in the MIDDLE OF WINTER!!!!!!!

Mandy said...

Thanks so much for your sweet words about the feature today! :)

Jenny and the Princess Peonies said...

I am so jealous! I miss tamales...maybe I should make some for Christmas...

Lori of I'm no super Mom said...

Sounds like a BLAST!

Lindsay said...

Oh, I would love a parade where you could sit and relax, and not have to be bundled from head to toe in winter gear....and STILL have to go inside to warm up half way through. :-)

Christie said...

What a fun (and yummy) tradition!

Casey's trio said...

I love towns that have fun traditions and annual celebrations for the community! Great pictures.

hippos toes said...

Traditions are so special!! It makes me happy to pass along traditions to my son. The tamales sounds wonderful!!

Susie said...

That second picture is cool!!

Kathleen said...

I love that second photo, and was trying to guess what it was before reading what you wrote.

And the tamales sound so good!

Jenners said...

Love these photos! I'm showing the second one to my husband as he's been having fun with slow shutter speeds with his new digital SLR!

Jenni Jiggety said...

Cooool picture!!!!

Saundra@An Italian Mama Gone Crazy said...

Okay... I added my e mail address... to my profile.

It was there, i just never hit the box saying "add".

I just saw your scrapbook pages.

Holy cow woman... you are very talented!!!

I got tons of ideas!

Jen said...

That sounds like a cool parade but I can't imagine a Christmas parade not being bundled up and freezing. Its just not right.

Zen Ventures said...

It's unique that you ended up having it as a family tradition! Your daughters I'm sure love it! I would too especially if I get to eat hot tamales! :)

Octamom said...

M and I started dating at the same time!

So glad you've continued your tradition!

Blessings!

jenn3 said...

Sounds like a fun tradition.

Lindsay said...

I love the shot of the truck! Some of the best pictures are always the unexpected ones.

angie said...

Yummmmmmm...........I love tamales.....and what a great tradition. The second picture is VERY cool!

♥ Becky ♥ said...

I so love that second picture and really cool family traditions!!!!

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