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El Cerrito: Views of the Shadi Christmas display from 1982 and an appeal to keep the tradition alive


Whether it’s your residence or your work, moving to a smaller space can be an agonizing as you try to decide what to throw out and what to keep.
That was the case last month for the West County Times, as the staff prepared to leave its longtime home on Lakeside Drive.
One of the things that nearly got tossed was a small file drawer that contained envelopes of color transparencies that included a number of images from 1982 of the Sundar Shadi Christmas display on his large lot on the Arlington.
We present some of those images here, along with a reminder that, people need to come forward to continue the tradition that Shadi established and nurtured almost up to his passing in 2002 at age 101.
Volunteers have kept the display going and now a new generation needs to step forward.
As columnist Martin Snapp noted, “This beloved holiday tradition can go on for hundreds of years. Or it can go away tomorrow, and after a generation nobody will remember. It’s up to you, El Cerritans.”

Chris Treadway