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Miracle on 34th Street - Baltimore Style

One of the reasons I love my city is that it has so many neighborhoods with their own unique personality. In general, people in Baltimore are not pretentious. They tell you what they think and they don't care what others think about them. By and large this city celebrates life and overcomes life's hard knocks on a daily basis. Life circumstances that rock people from other parts of the country just kind of roll off the shoulders of Baltimoreans. We're quirky and we don't care.

One of the unique things that happens each year in Baltimore happens over in Hampden on 34th street. "The Miracle on 34th Street" is an all-out community light display that covers a block (34th St.) in the city. It's a funky and friendly eclectic mix of lights and Christmas creations. It's Griswald times 50. What I like about 34th street is that this isn't a light display of off white lights and manicured lawns. It's a mix and match display of everything under the sun and very little is 'new'. It's good old fashioned lights and winter creations by people who care about keeping tradition and putting smiles on the faces of perfect strangers. We had a great time checking out the display this year.

Check out the display from a week ago. Photo credit: Ben Ritter

(How Parking Spots are saved in Baltimore Snow)

(Captivate's own Mikael & Ashley Ritter)

(Hilarious display of what appears to be a Geppetto as Santa letting Pinocchio know he was on the naughty list)

posted by Tally Wilgis @ Thursday, December 31, 2009


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