elegant_3403As part of the many cities of Orange County encouraging their residents to decorate for the holidays, Mission Viejo residents came up to the plate and shared, and continue to share the holiday spirit by competing in the annual Holiday Lighting Contest, that has been hosted for over 30 years by the Mission Viejo Activities Committee.
This year, the neighborhoods and homes competed in:

• Ever “Green” (for using environmentally friendly LED lights) 
• Through a Child’s Eyes (for delighting children of all ages) pictured below
• Reason for the Season (for memorable manger scenes)
• Creative Inflatables (for using inflatables of all shapes and sizes)
• Traditionally Elegant - pictured to the right  (for gorgeous lights, greenery, elegant holiday style) 
• Light…

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Underwater homeowners, as of two days ago and some others starting today, got an early Christmas present this year as two of the largest mortgage servicers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, decided to pause with evictions and auctions of homes in foreclosure during the holiday season. From the third week of December, the repossession process will be temporarily suspended until the start of the new year. 

During the holiday reprieve, no homeowners will be evicted. However, the moratorium will not halt pre- and post-foreclosure business, such as a filing defaults and scheduling auctions.

“We’re taking this step in support of families who have faced financial challenges and gone through a foreclosure,” said Fannie Mae spokesperson Terry Edwards in a statement.…

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talega_best_lights_orange_countyIn the spirit of the Holidays, many neighbors of Talega decorate their homes with lights and other accessories, and actually compete for several awards within the neighborhoods. If you guys are like us, who like to be driving around looking for homes with beautiful lights or animations, you owe it to yourself to do a drive around the gorgeous Talega homes this holiday season.

Here's the list of winners for this 2012 year!  

Most Humorous: 19 Corte Vidriosa (Sansol)
Simply Elegant: 1+3 Via Cancion (Miraleste)
Magical Effects: 43 Calle Loyola ( Cazadero)
Bright Lights: 19 Calle Almeja (Seaside)
Best Theme: 33 Corte Vidriosa (Sansol)
Special Effects: 107 Corte Tierra Bella (Farralon Ridge)
Honorable Mention: 33 Corte Lomas Verdes ( Stella Mare)

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boat_parade_300Many events are going on in our beautiful South Orange County area this weekend.

For starters, don't forget this Friday and Saturday December 14th and 15th at the Dana Point Harbor, the beautiful Boat Parade of Lights continues. This is a gorgeous display of lights and Saturday will be the last day, make sure not to miss it! Dress warm, bring some hot drinks and enjoy! The Parade can be seen anywhere in the Harbor.

On Friday December 14th there's also:

Parade of Lights Holiday Cruise with KSBR from the Ocean Institute: from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

The Ocean Institute will present a Parade of Lights Holiday Cruise with Jazz! FM 88.5 KSBR radio on Friday, December 14th at 7pm - 9pm. Participants can enjoy Christmas cheer and listen to Christmas music…

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orange_county_best_lights_christmas_2012I heard it a couple of times: In Orange County, everything is over the top! When it comes to the Holidays, this statement makes no exception: just drive around, or even, walk around the neighborhoods in Orange County and you'll find a great display of Christmas lights pretty much everywhere!

So we call those with the best 'outside' decorations the best Christmas homes. Many neighborhoods all over, many homes, but we will step up and give you our top 3 destinations to drive the family around and check on those wonderful display of lights!

1. This one is probably an obvious for many, but there's many folks out there who haven't enjoyed this yet : Nellie Gail in Laguna Hills. Just a quick drive around the neighborhood, (which, by the way is gorgeous as…

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And what a great way to get into the Holiday, Orange County style spirit, with the beautiful display of lights that this show offers! This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Action—A Hollywood Holiday.”dana_point_holiday_events_2012

Boaters from all around Orange County come to the Dana Point Harbor, and get their boats dressed up with Holidays decor as they compete for the different categories:

  •  Judges Choice
  • Best Theme
  • Best Use of Lights
  • Best Animation
  • Most Colorful
  • Most Original
  • Best Sailboat
  • Best Powerboat
  • Perpetual Trophy for the Yacht Club with the Most Entries

There's also many other awards and cash prizes! You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of the restaurants around it to view it from a cozy and warm…

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