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The biggest and best holiday display in Livermore is set to open on Friday, November 30 at 6:30 pm. A holiday tradition celebrating its 30th year, this year’s display is sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. The front yard of Deacon Dave Rezendes’ home at 352 Hillcrest Ave. in Livermore, Casa del Pomba, is visited by tens of thousands of guests each year. Deacon Dave is also celebrating his 30th year of his ordination as a deacon in the Catholic Church.
The theme each year changes, and is always kept a secret until opening night ceremonies. On November 30th, the home and yard will be dark as a candlelight procession makes its way down the blocked off street. Members of the community are welcome to join the procession which will feature the St. Michael’s choir leading Deacon Dave and Santa and Mrs Claus to the home. The Trinity Church choir will also perform. There is a blessing of the lights, the theme is announced, and the lights are turned on. At that time, guests are invited to walk through the yard. It is a spectacular evening, a perfect way to get in the holiday spirit. Members of the non-profit group Good News Bears will help Deacon celebrate his special night by serving refreshments. Visitors wishing to support the group are invited to bring a new stuffed animal or cash donation to help them meet the ever-increasing need for “stuffed love” at shelters, hospitals, and emergency services. Find out more about their good work at www.goodnewsbears.org.
In 2011, the theme was “Do You Believe.” Guests walked through the display and joined “Virginia” from the famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” story as she observed the many symbols of Christmas. Scenes depicting themes such as ““Do you believe in giving rather than receiving, “do you believe in the magic in children’s eyes, ” and “do you believe in charity” were stretched along the driveway building. In the yard, guests were asked if they believed in sweets, angels, and love. One of the most special scenes depicted Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in the manger, and asked “do you believe in the reason for the season.” The last scene was a huge lighted “Believe” sign, with Santa and Virginia asking you to join them in believing in all the magic of the season.
How many lights this year? What is the theme? You’ll have to stop by and find out! This year, each light is not only a prayer for peace, but also for those who care for our elderly. Over 35 volunteers work hard throughout the year to put on the display. They are from many faiths, and welcome guests of all faiths. Be sure to walk through to gain the total experience. The crew members love to share the spirit of the holidays, and are often on hand to answer any questions. Just look for anyone wearing a red “Casa del Pomba” ball cap or jacket.
Santa loves to visit, and makes times in his busy schedule to stop by often during the season. He loves to visit the gorgeous display, so he often drops in unannounced. Mrs. Claus loves the beautiful lights and story that is told every year, too, so she often joins Santa!
Deacon Dave opens his yard from the opening on November 30 until January 1st. The hours are 6 pm to 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday, and from 6 pm until 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday. (note these hours have changed from past years) The gates may be closed during inclement weather, although every effort is made to leave the lights glowing. There is no admission charge. All the donations collected in the coin toss, ponds, and at the door are for Santa’s Secret Service. This program has provided a visiting Santa, carolers, and gifts to area nursing homes, shelters, and hospitals for over 50 years. Visit www.casadelpomba.com for more information on the display, Santa’s Secret Service, and Deacon Dave’s family history. A big thank you to Unforgettable Memories for the opening night sound system; Good News Bears for serving refreshments; Davey Tree for a bucket truck to help with the “high work”, and the fantastic crew who makes it all happen.
Be sure to make room in your busy holiday calendar for a visit to Casa del Pomba on Hillcrest Avenue in Livermore. Take East Avenue to Hillcrest, and then follow the glow! It’s worth the trip and sure to make your season bright. Besides, you never know when Santa Claus will show up! Check out the webcam at www.casadelpomba.com/webcam.htm and see the happy smiles on visitors. Come experience the “Cheer Factor”!