Austin lives by the slogan “Keep Austin Weird”. What does that mean? We want the uniqueness of Austin to be transparent!! We want the fun and zany things to keep us rock steady!
This weekend I watched Austinites flock to the rolling hillsides along Highway 360 in NW Austin to find a scruffy cedar tree and claim it their own while decorating with abandonment!
The hills were singing with laughter and another annual Christmas tradition continues on! I know it might seem like an unusual pilgrimage to the ugly cedar trees each year that grace the roadside but it brings a smile to everyone’s faces as you drive by. It’s about staking a claim and creating something special for others to enjoy. The beauty of it is everyone respects your creation and takes time to see what you made.
This year I couldn’t help but be taken aback with a special tree created with a sign placed on a stake placed next to the tree called “RayRays pledge”. Check out the website....it made me shed a tear to think of our adorable new grandson and what it would mean if something like this ever happened.
Don’t worry at the end of the season they all come back to collect their treasure and clean the hillsides. Then it’s getting inspired for next year’s roadside statement to be made!
Here are posts from previous years on this annual tradition:
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