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Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 | 5 comments

Del Ray’s Christmas Card Lane

Del Ray’s Christmas Card Lane

There is no lack of creative holiday spirit in Del Ray, and one of my favorite displays has got to be the over-sized Christmas yard cards on Luray Ave. Whether you view them during the day or at night (each has its own spotlight), they are guaranteed to impress.

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The cards are the work of several neighbors, led by Becky VanZoeren, inspired by a 40+ year old tradition from Becky’s home town of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Growing up in Kalamazoo, Becky’s dad would take her and her family to see the magnificent display of cards on the now famous Lauderdale Drive, appropriately nicknamed “Christmas Card Lane.” Since 1965, at least 40 houses on the street have decorated their yards with hand-painted plywood cards, lit up at night for people to enjoy. In 1969, the cards made the local news and today they have a Facebook page.

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Last year, while chatting with an old friend from Kalamazoo about the cards, Becky decided to bring the tradition to Del Ray. Becky and her daughters Eliza and Caroline borrowed a neighbor’s pick-up truck, drove to Lowe’s, and purchased four 4’ x 8’ pieces of plywood (cut down to 4’ x 6’).

All three women are graphic designers, so the process was easy. After priming each board, they used a neighbor’s projector to enlarge their design and then sketched it out with a big Sharpie.

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They used acrylic paint to fill in the lines.

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Some of the cards are bedazzled with beads which capture the afternoon sunlight.

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The large black dog has glitter embedded in the white snow.

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After seeing Becky and her daughters’ work, a few neighbors got creative as well — there are now seven cards on the block.

So while you’re out and about this holiday season, make sure to drive/walk down the 300 block of Luray Ave day or night to see these beautiful works of art, the beginning of what we hope is a growing tradition right here in Del Ray.

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All photos courtesy of Becky VanZoeren.

5 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this story. As a another Kalamazoo native now living in Del Ray it is great to see this tradition transplanted here.

  2. Love driving by them and love the history.

  3. how marvellous!

  4. Admin of the Kalamazoo Christmas Card Lane dropping in to say hello and comment on what amazing cards you have created. In case our viewers didn’t see your post like I hadn’t until just now, I’ve cross posted. Thanks for letting us know of your creation. We were inspired to the residents of Zeeland, Michigan back in the early 60’s- so you’ll have to keep us posted on places you become aware of inspiring.

    https://www.facebook.com/114079351998786/photos/a.414485298624855.93813.114079351998786/972593382814041/?type=3&theater

    Merry (Belated) Christmas & Happy New Year
    Dave of fb CCL

  5. oops- that should say “We were inspired BY the residents of Zeeland, Michigan…”

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