Here comes Santa Claus

Sure, it snows in California … in the mountains. But a lot of California is just too warm, too desert-y, or too close to the ocean to experience much snowfall. The mild weather and sunny days in Los Angeles have been terrific for shooting movies since the industry was young. But all that sunshine around the holidays has always had more people than just Irving Berlin dreaming of a White Christmas.

To get folks into the gift-shopping spirit, beginning in 1928, merchants renamed a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard “Santa Claus Lane” and staged a parade on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Except for a few years during World War II, the parade has been an annual Los Angeles tradition. Read more here:

Way before Ralph Lauren polo …

… there was Walt Disney, playing polo. Read more here: