Monday, December 21, 2009

Your Favorite Southern California Holiday Traditions, Part I: The Christmas Caroling Truck

We asked you last week, as part of our Franklin Avenue contest for $25 eBay gift certificates, to name your favorite SoCal holiday tradition. And you delivered.

This week, in the days leading up to Christmas, we'll award the best entries. (And it's not too late to enter -- send yours RIGHT NOW to franklin_avenue[at]yahoo[dot]com.)

Our first winning entry comes from Jodi, who shares her love of the Magical Christmas Caroling Truck of Toluca Lake and North Hollywood:

It's my 15th Christmas in L.A. (I only went out of town for one) and the tradition I love the most is the The Magical Christmas Caroling Truck that drives around Toluca Lake and North Hollywood every Christmas Eve. I'll never forget our first Christmas here when we were sitting in our apartment in Burbank/Toluca Lake and heard what sounded like a football game or something outside. We ran downstairs to behold a huge tractor-trailer totally decked out for Christmas, pumping out music, and filled with jolly folks singing and accompanied by a parade of more singers and dancers. I was awestruck.

When we moved into a house a couple of years later, it was within a mile of the apartment and we were thrilled to learn that our new North Hollywood home is within the Magical Caroling Truck's route! For many years now, our friends a few houses down have a party on Christmas Eve. Various people listen out for the truck (oh you can hear it coming) and when it's near us, we all run out and enjoy! Sometimes we walk along with it for a while. A couple of years ago, one of our friends made a bunch of red and green signs that said things like "Thank You!" and "Yay!" and I don't remember what else that we held up for the carolers, which they got a kick out of.

I can lean toward being a little bah-humbug about the holidays, but I LOVE this for some reason. I can't wait 'til next Thursday night! It should be hitting us sometime between 8:30 & 9:15 according to the flyer left on our door.

Thanks to Jodi, who wins our first $25 eBay card! More to come!

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