Little Trees of Willow Glen

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In the 50’s Frank Badagliacca didn’t know he was starting a Christmas tradition that would not only endure, but then grow to cover such a significant area.

Frank had noticed his neighbors were trying to put a small decorated tree out on their lawn but the wind kept blowing it over. Good neighbor that he was, Frank staked a rebar pipe into the ground and used it to secure the tree.

He then had the idea to put up what has become affectionately know as “Charlie Brown Trees” on all the lawns on his block. They were placed exactly 10 feet from the sidewalk, and the top light of each tree was always white.

What began on one block now covers much of the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Frank is no longer with us but his love of the spirit of Christmas lives on.

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The best way to view the trees is to drive Willow Street heading south from Lincoln Avenue.

3 Comments so far

  1. Amy (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 11:07 pm

    That sounds lovely. Do you know if it’s BART-accessible?

  2. joann Landers (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 11:43 pm

    Not yet. San Jose is still without BART. The train from San Francisco to the San Jose Diridon Station and then a very short bus ride to Lincoln & Willow (Route 64 Southbound) would work.

  3. Amy (unregistered) on December 24th, 2005 @ 10:44 pm

    Oh, I thought is was in SF. Didn’t read closely enough.

    I didn’t go to Willow Glen, but I did go to Christmas in the Park – same trees & things as last yeat, but it was still really nice.

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