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christmas in austin

For those of you not fortunate enough to live in our fair city, you're probably wondering what on earth this is about. Well - only in our weird city - residents of West 37th Street go all-out with their holiday decorations each year. It's an Austin tradition to park illegally in a local business's parking lot and join the masses working their way down the street to see all the wacky displays. Although the wackiness has declined a little in the last couple of years because the guy with the crazy, lit up collections is gone, there's still a little bit of everything, from vaccum cleaners to a tree decorated with hundreds of empty PBR cans. My sister was in town earlier this week, so we stopped by to check everything out. We were particularly amused by this house, which featured a monopoly (get it?) board of Austin neighborhoods on the sidewalk:

This is my favorite:

They also have an 8 pound, 6 ounce newborn baby Jesus in the manger under the watchful eyes of Ricky Bobby:


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