Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas in Huntington Beach, 1950

This nativity scene was part of the civic Christmas decor in Huntington Beach in 1950. You can see a bit of the Pavilion (a.k.a. the Pav-a-lon) behind the palm fronds. Duke's restaurant now stands at this location.
This scene was part of the "Forty Miles of Christmas Smiles" decorating contest, which was sponsored each year by the Orange County Coast Association. If I were judging, I think I'd have to mark my hometown down a couple points for that Joseph figure. He looks suspiciously like a female department store manikin. (It also reminds me of that scene in Life of Brian with all the women with fake beards taking part in a stoning.)


Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha - you are so right about the Jesus figure. But a nice memory anyway.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Chris, I will be visiting family for the next couple of weeks. So I would like to take this time to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. PEACE! ~ Richard.

Barry said...

Ah, the famous or is that infamous stoning scene. My mom and one brother are Jehovah's Witnesses so we always got a huge laugh out of that one.

Merry Christmas, Chris and to all.

Anonymous said...

That scene in in Life of Brian was one of the funniest EVER! This pic is great. Keep up the good works.

"No, I'm Brian... and so's my wife!