Saturday, December 26, 2015
Scenes from Christmas 2015 in Los Angeles
Christmas Eve brings quite a few traditions to the Franklin Avenue Four: It's also the Blogger Kid's birthday, so the morning is devoted to celebrating his special day via breakfast (at Square One boathouse) and paddle boats at Echo Park. Then it's off to do last minute prep (which means braving the Trader Joe's madhouse), followed by children's mass at downtown's Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels; then the last hour of the Los Angeles County Holiday Celebration at the Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (that's the Music Center Christmas tree above) and then celebrating with family in the Valley.
Some pics from a 2015 Christmas in L.A.:
Christmas Eve at Trader Joe's is not recommended. The parking lot is a war zone, and nerves are on edge. (The guy screaming to managers about someone sneaking more items into the 10 Items or Less line was a special treat.)
Peace on Earth
At the Cathedral
The free L.A. County Holiday Celebration has been a local Christmas Eve tradition for 56 years.
Citrus Singers (40-member voice ensemble with handbells)
Aloe Blacc performs two holiday standards
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (all-female mariachi band)
As tradition, the show ends with the performers and audience members singing "Silent Night."
Straight from City Hall, Merry Christmas to you and yours!