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Shadow Boxes Displayed, 28th Year


Conexión San Angelo, Jim Sánchez




SAN ANGELO – "Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! on, Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"- by Clement Clarke Moore This verse from Moore’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem penned in 1823, was inscribed underneath one of the shadowboxes that were on display for the Christmas holidays. The boxes were available to the public for viewing on the first Monday, December 7 through December 28, 2020. Attendees could either walk or drive by the boxes, between 6 p.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Nestled along Algerita Drive, by way of Santa Rita Park and located near Paseo de Vaca streets, each of the other shadowboxes also had inscribed the remainder of verses from that classic children’s poem written by Moore 197 years ago. For those interested in reading Moore’s entire Christmas poem, go to: https://poets.org/poem/visit-st-nicholas

A shadow box is an enclosed glass-front display case containing an object or objects presented in a thematic grouping with artistic or personal significance, per www.wikipedia.org

The shadow boxes built during the Christmas season of 1948, began its history in a Harlingen bakery. Those boxes were later transported by Neil G. Delaney, Jr. to San Angelo in 1952. Somewhere along the way the boxes were forgotten until The Greater Santa Rita Homeowners’ Association restored them in 1992 for display which is at its current location.

This rich tradition has continued for 28 consecutive years as a gift to the community from The Greater Santa Rita Homeowners’ Association and its Santa Rita residents.

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