Land of Make Believe
WHERE SONGS AND STORIES COME TO LIFE
Hope, New Jersey
Santa’s Barn is one of the many fascinating features in this scenic wonderland, where songs and stories come to life. Four miles off U. S. Route 46 (at Great Meadows) -One and one-half hours from New York City.
When the high temps finally fall below 100, as they have in my neck of the woods, ones thoughts naturally turn to Christmas. Perhaps it’s just me. In any event, I really like this postcard, and just wish it was in better condition. It was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons as part of their Christmas Post Cards Series No. 102.
CITY HALL WITH CHRISTMAS LIGHTING,
DENTON TEXAS – 8
Built in 1927 at a cost of $100,000.00. The Christmas lighting on this building has attracted the attention and favorable comments of thousands of visitors passing through Denton each year. It has an auditorium with a seating capacity of 600 and the fire apparatus is housed in a large room in the rear.
BLOSSOMING with ten thousand colored lights, the “Mile of Christmas Trees” is a rare holiday spectacle, viewed annually by hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors to Southern California. Santa Rosa Avenue, stretching north from the city limits of Pasadena through the heart of the beautiful residential community of Altadena, has long been famous for these giant deodar trees. The Christmas lighting of the trees was sponsored in 1920 by the Kiwanis Club of Pasadena, It has since been carried out each year from Christmas eve to New Year’s night, forming a fitting compliment to the world-famous Tournament of Roses, held on New Year’s Day.
The trees were grown from seed brought from the slopes of the Himalaya Mountains in India, where the deodar is famed in song and story, its name signifying “Tree of God.” They were set out in 1885 along what was then a driveway on the 900-acre ranch of Col. F. J. Woodbury, a pioneer resident. There are about two hundred of the trees. They are approximately one hundred feet tall and have a spread of from forty to fifty feet.