If You’re Hopi and You Know it…

entrance to the festival

entrance to the festival

Lots of Christmas excitement in Holbrook lately. We had the Festival of Trees, in which each organization in town put up a Christmas Tree with the theme of “Arizona History.” If you lived in our state, you’d be very aware that 2012 is our 100th anniversary of statehood. Arizona came into the Union on Feb. 14 of 1912, so the theme makes sense. I particularly liked the “tree” below, which is a large tumbleweed, all decorated with lights. That’s certainly true Arizona! The next night was our big parade, during which we all go downtown and freeze our fingers and toes in the high desert December evening while watching and applauding the lighted floats. We had a great time there, and my favorite float was one from a reservation school nearby. The float itself was just built on the back of a pick-up truck, but the fun came with a gaggle of little children with angel halos and white t-shirts, walking behind the pick-up with their chaperones, singing “If you’re Hopi and you know it, clap your hands!” This from the same folks who brought us the famous motto of a few years back, “Don’t worry, be Hopi!” Yes, you may groan, but small town life out West has humor, if not too much else, going for it! I’m glad to be here.Tumbleweed Tree

Tumbleweed Tree

6 responses to this post.

  1. Okay, the tumbleweed tree is awesome. I might to remember that next time I’m decorating for Christmas… or it could be a good gag gift idea for the people I know who live in the desert (I grew up in Ridgecrest (Mojave Desert), CA and I have family there still). Thanks for the laugh!


  2. Thanks for the comment–yes, the tumbleweed tree was very creative. I thought so, too. Glad you liked it. The gift ideas are great–you could stick one in a big flowerpot and decorate it. Hmmm. I’m getting into this!


  3. Posted by barbahrah on December 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Yes, NO ONE does the Festival of Trees like Holbrook!!! They are always awesome – of course some years are better than others but it is always a treat!! We used to go to the parade & then go to see the trees – that was our tradition when we lived in Holbrook! Abe played his trumpet one year with the HJHS band! They do the best light parade in my book too! Glad you enjoyed yourself!!!


    • Posted by Mary Johnson on December 12, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      A former resident who came back for the day said that this year’s Festival and parade were not as good as some in the past. Of course, we had no standard of comparison, so we thought they were both pretty awesome.


  4. Posted by Karen Hager Ombrello on December 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    The other cute way to use the tumbleweeds is to stack them into a snowman with lights. Very cute! This from a yooper living in Florida………Karen O.


  5. Posted by Mary Johnson on December 12, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hilarious, Karen–I can just picture it…what a cute idea!


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