Paying it Forward Austin Style ~ It's Feeling a Lot Like Christmas

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899
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Roadside decoration Austin style

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:

2011   http://actvra.in/pVl
2010  http://actvra.in/4F
2009http://actvra.in/qk8
2008 http://actvra.in/qk9

As always, Austin real estate information is brought to you as a courtesy by Dorie Dillard of Coldwell Banker United; you’re NW Austin Real Estate Consultant.

P.S.  If having a new home is on your Christmas list, just call Dorie Dillard.  Whether you need to buy or sell a NW Austin area home, I can help!

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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
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 What a unique idea Dorie. Seeing these tree decorations in person must be a real treat!

Nov 26, 2012 09:28 PM #4
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Sharon Tara
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I've never seen anything like this!  What a fabulous tradition...I would love to adopt a tree if I were in the area!

Nov 26, 2012 09:57 PM #5
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This sounds like good old-fashioned fun,, Dorie. I'm sure everyone enjoys it.

Nov 26, 2012 10:06 PM #6
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Dorie-While it may be weird it looks like lots of fun. It is sad about the little boy who died from heatstroke.

Nov 26, 2012 10:08 PM #7
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Good morning Dorie -

I watched and gave your YouTube a like.  Debb Janes would like it too in her YouTube Thursdays.  I will check out RayRay's link later right now I'm on the fly but it's bookmarked.  Needless to say we have tumbleweeds to decorate not trees along our roads

Nov 26, 2012 10:38 PM #8
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Hi Carole,

It is a little weird but a great way to have fun with the whole family..kids love the idea about staking a claim for "their family tree". They love seeing their creation and sharing it with others.

Nov 26, 2012 11:01 PM #9
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Hi Anita,

It is a fun way to celebrate the holidays..whimsical and fun!!

Nov 26, 2012 11:08 PM #10
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Hi Lisa,

We have some funky traditions!!

Nov 26, 2012 11:09 PM #11
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Hi Larry and Sheila,

It does put a smile on our faces!

Nov 26, 2012 11:09 PM #12
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Hi Sharon,

I'm sure you would with your grand-kids! What fun they would have decorating a tree!!

Nov 26, 2012 11:10 PM #13
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Hi Toni,

That is exactly what it is..old fashion fun!

Nov 26, 2012 11:11 PM #14
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Hi Sharon,

It is but what a great way to celebrate his life and keep him in everyones's mind!

Nov 26, 2012 11:14 PM #15
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Hi John,

Thank you for liking my U-Tube video.....I'll remember about Deb's U-Tube Thursday!!

Nov 26, 2012 11:16 PM #16
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Dorrie,

That is my kind of weird.  It is having fun and leaving behind a wonderful remembrance of the fun that others who look at it can experience it.  Wishing you a great day, and nice video., Dorrie.  A

Nov 26, 2012 11:20 PM #17
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Dorie-This is wild in a really cool way. Love it, particularly the RayRays Pledge tree. That's some very cleaver marketing/fundraising. 

Nov 27, 2012 01:20 AM #18
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Dorie,

Weird and WONDERFUL! That's what Austin is all about and the people are warm hearted, loving, talented and kind.

Texas is GREAT!

Austin is GREATER!

Dorie is the GREATEST!

 

Nov 27, 2012 02:26 AM #19
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Hi Dorie, What a terrific tradition. Sort of like Christmas decorating on Steroids, :-) Way cool and I think this tradition is wonderful!
Nov 27, 2012 07:37 AM #20
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Melissa Brown
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Dorie, so fun and creative, and I don't think it's weird at all!  I think it's whimsical, and i can imagine families going out to see the trees every year like some families go out to see the lights!

Nov 27, 2012 09:43 AM #21
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Hi Dorrie.  What a great idea and fun way to spend an afternoon.

Nov 27, 2012 07:18 PM #22
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Dorie, i forgot about this wonderful tradition that is done your way and I think it is wonderful and what a great way to do something extra here.

Nov 27, 2012 08:48 PM #23
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