Friday, December 04, 2009

Christmas Traditions Day 4

Picture from the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce website.

I wanted to be a bit nostalgic and share one of the traditions our family did every Christmas Season.

I was born and raised in southern California. My father was the Manager of a very high end restaurant called the Stuft Shirt. They originally had 3 restaurant locations and he ended up at the one in Newport Beach, sitting on the water. It was quite the place in its day, many movie stars would frequent the restaurant and I often would hear stories of my mom(who would hostess on the weekends)meeting John Wayne, Tom Selleck etc. I can remember at a very young age getting all dressed up, gloves, purse etc and having lunch with my mom. As older kids, every year, or many years my dad would have us all come down for dinner during the holidays to see the parade. It was a big event, which as a child I didn't realize, I just thought a bunch of people decorated their boats for fun. We would have a fabulous gourmet dinner overlooking the water and then watch the parade. I loved going, it was exciting and beautiful to see all the lights reflecting off the water, not to mention the pride I felt being with my dad. It still is going on today and I would highly recommend trying to see it if you live anywhere near Newport Beach. Here is the Link! Merry Christmas


Joan said...

Thanks for sharing your memories of going to see the boat parade.

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

Oh, it must be spectacular and more so through the eyes of a child!

Desiree said...

Thanks for your comments, I have missed you Joan, nice to see you again. I love your ATC you have been doing.

Ronell everyone loves your blog and your Christmas post! Thanks for letting me share it with everyone and with you!

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