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Merry Christmas

If Santa didn’t bring you what you wanted………………..

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Last night Jim and I drove around ooohing and aaahing at the lights.

The tallest lighted tree was a living one over on Coronado Island. It’s probably about fifty feet tall:

Merry Christmas

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Of course, we had to drive by the historic Hotel del Coronado:

Hotel del Coronado

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Hotel del Coronado

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The Hotel del Coronado was built in 1887. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in the United States and was the largest hotel in the world when it opened in 1888.

Room 3327 is haunted.

It has been featured on television and in movies — most notably Some Like It Hot starring Marilyn Monroe — has hosted every president since its construction, and is the most expensive piece of real estate in the United States, most recently selling for $384 million and currently valued at $590 million. The Freedom Tower in New York City might take the record once it is completed.

It is also on a United States postage stamp issued earlier this year:

Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, and the Hotel del Coronado

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I just realized in doing a search of my blog that I have not done a post on the historic Hotel del Coronado. Well! That will have to change with the new year!

The following pictures are of ornaments found on public Christmas trees in the San Diego Area:

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

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And remember, if Santa didn’t bring you what you wanted, perhaps you need to spend a little more time next year being nice. Especially you Republicans!

Merry Christmas to family and friends everywhere!

Merry Christmas

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Christmas in Lemon Grove

….right down Santa Claus Lane

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I moved to East San Diego County back in 1999, and each Christmas season since then I have been looking for Santa Claus Lane. There is one house on Santa Claus Lane that is always the most decorated each Christmas. Been that way for 37 years as I understand it. The problem has always been that there is no Santa Claus Lane.

A couple of days ago, though, an online paper explained that Santa Claus Lane doesn’t actually exist. Rather, the City of Lemon Grove designated a small street as Santa Claus Lane because of the house that gets highly decorated each Christmas. The paper was nice enough to include a Google map of the location! Gotta love the Internet!

The owner of the house has announced that this is the last year he is going to do this — he’s 87 and is probably one of the 47% living on Social Security and not paying taxes (that’s political commentary).

Yesterday evening I went in search of the house and Santa Claus Lane. And I found it!

Christmas in Lemon Grove

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Christmas in Lemon Grove

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Christmas in Lemon Grove

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Christmas in Lemon Grove

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I took those pictures with the my Canon 550D set on Programmed, and hand held since I did not have my tripod with me. The camera chose ISO 4000, 5000, and 6400, which accounts for all the digital noise in the pictures.

This coming weekend I’ll go back with my tripod with the intent of getting some really good pictures without all the digital noise by using ISO 100 and longer exposure times.

Location of Santa Claus Lane:

Lemon Grove map

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This post approved by Zoey the Cool Cat

Looking for real estate services in San Diego County?
I can highly recommend
James Frimmer, Realtor
Century 21 Award, DRE #01458572

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I recommend Russel Ray — that’s me!Real Estate Solutions

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