Peacock Lane is a street over in North East Portland that is all aglow for the Christmas season each year, from mid December through New Years Eve.
Oh. My. Ga.
We meandered over to see this incredible spectacle on the eve of Christmas eve. The entire area was packed with people, to put it mildly. You can drive through, but most folks park on a side street and walk the lane, which is what we did. (Seriously, there were thousands of people there!) We walked at a snails pace, which was fine, 'coz you didn't want to miss anything.
It was a perfect night, with clear skies and just cold enough to remind you that winter is here. You could smell fires burning in fireplaces, carolers were singing Christmas songs in front of many of the homes, and there was even a hot cocoa stand. (Very Stars Hollow-esque!) All the houses on Peacock Lane are old, built in the very steep pitched roof cottage style, so it was love at first sight for me. (Be still my beating heart. I so long to someday live in a sweet lil' old cottage with one of those charming high pitched roofs and an adorable shaped front door, in Stars Hollow Camas, or Portland.....Oh, a girl can dream, you know?) Each charming home was done in up in lights and decorations beyond my wildest dreams.
Here was my most favorite decorated home...notice how they painstakenly placed the Grinch (Or is that one of the Who's from Whoville? I thought the Grinch was green...? Whatever...er..whoever.) to cast his shadow on the front of the house? Ya gotta love that. I know, I know. Lots of communities have neighborhoods decked out in lights, but the added fun of a walking tour, at night, bundled up in mittens and coats, strolling with people you love, accompanied by the backdrop of carolers and cocoa...well, I tell you, Portland just has a way of taking the ordinary and doing it up bigger...and better. So much danged fun.
Oh, on a slightly different note, but still in keeping with this year's holidays... here's one more bit of past-this-Christmas-but-not-too-late-to-enjoy-it stuff. The Sewing Queen of Northern Nevada sent me this link and I thought it was so cool I wanted to share it. (Oh, the things you can do with an Apple product!)