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Hark! Santa’s Back With Bells On At Burien’s Biggest Tree Lighting Dec. 1st


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Santa arrives on a fire truck at last year's tree lighting ceremony. Photo by Michael Brunk.

“It’s that time of year and the Burien Tree Lighting Festival is near,” reminds Jay Smith, proprietor of BTB Advertiser Economy Wiring / YB Tubless.

Save the date: Wednesday, Dec. 1st at 6pm.

It’s a Wednesday and Santa will be there. He’ll be showing up on a “Christmas Red” fire engine proudly accompanied by Burien/Normandy Park firefighters.

It all happens at that large, lovely and living Fir tree at the Economy Wiring / Y B Tubless store located at 633 S.W. 148th St. in Burien.

The St. Francis School Choir will grace the occasion with traditional Christmas and Holiday songs.

Treats and hot beverages will be available for everyone.

“We will also be collecting canned food for local families,” says Economy/YB Tubless Operations Manager Shawn Becker.

“Please bring any non-perishable food items you can spare. There are more families in need than any time in recent memory. Your help is much appreciated.”

Come out and enjoy the evening!

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16 Responses to “Hark! Santa’s Back With Bells On At Burien’s Biggest Tree Lighting Dec. 1st”
  1. Mary-Beth says:

    Yes! I can’t wait! Nothing says Christmas like singing X-Mas carols in the parking lot of Economy Electric, where just a few feet away is a pile of used and rusted-out electrical equipment, and other debris everywhere.

    Also delightful is the awesome lighting display! I mean c’mon, the tree looks SO GOOD when illuminated with the vertical strands of lights. Yeah, some of them don’t work, but it does give it that minimalist look.

    All kidding aside…

    This is the WORST Christmas tree display ever! Geez, we have this new Town Square park, why can’t we get a tree in there? Do something like Westlake in Seattle (not that big of course) but put up a termporary tree and really make it special.

    On top of all that, it’s the Fire Department who puts the lights up in the tree! I saw them last year puting lights up with their big hook and ladder truck. Not sure this is a wise use of public money. What if they actually needed that fire truck for a real call?

    Come one Burien! Let’s do something nice in Town Square! PLEASE!

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    • NOTE: I AM POSTING THIS ON BEHALF OF THE BURIEN/NORMANDY PARK FIRE DEPT:

      Hey Scott,

      We do help with the Tree Lighting Festival, we have been assisting with this community event for over 30 years. We assist with this and many other events throughout the year.

      We also work on the 4th of July Parade, Bike Races, School Programs, Strawberry festival and most any other event we are invited to.

      During the time we are assisting with these events we still have the ability to respond. The crews assisting with the event we have pagers and radios. If a call for service comes in they immediately stop what they are doing, let the people know they will return asap and proceed to the call just as they would have if they were coming from the station.

      Our first and foremost responsibility is being prepared for and responding to emergencies and we keep that in the forefront at all times when helping out with these other events.

      Thanks for the opportunity to respond.

      – Doug Luedeman

  2. Erik Robbins says:

    I agree. I wish Discover Burien or the City would try something at Town Square as well. I know Discover Burien does the Winter-fest type of event in Olde Burien. But a tree and a lighting event would look nice at the town square we all have paid for. The city might not want to do a Christmas tree at the square because it would not be “PC”. I guess the city is happy with putting up holiday lights on the light poles along 152nd. Which a good majority stop working by the 2nd week of December. A festive town square actually might encourage people to come out and support local business during the holidays as well. Food for thought.

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  3. Erik Robbins says:

    Oh. By the way. I do applaud Economy Wiring and YB Tubless for doing this. At least they are stepping up and carrying on a tradition. I wish more business would take this as a cue to participate in the holiday season. As for the Fire Dept helping. I thing it shows community involvement and retains the small tow atmosphere we are striving to retain.

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  4. Mary-Beth says:

    Look, I’m appreciative that Economy and YB does this, but it just isn’t that great. You can’t really “gather” alot of people at the YB Tubless sight, and traffic is noisily zooming past on 148th street.

    It’s just not very special, that’s all.

    As far as the fire department goes, of course they should participate and be involved, however using one of their fire trucks to put up lights is seemingly inappropriate.

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    • Rainycity says:

      Are`nt you lucky it`s not mandatory you be there?
      Or we are.
      Tell us Beth, how should the fire department participate and be involved in a community effort like this if not by helping put up the lights?
      Maybe come by and disperse the unruly crowd by firing on them with their hoses on a 25degree night?
      At least they are doing something in the community
      Sorry, I don`t mean to be an ass but you….well,

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      • Mary-Beth says:

        Not sure why you replied with such a heavy hand. Totally uncalled for.

        As far as participation from our public safety folk goes, simply being there is a great way to be involved and engage with the community. Using a valuable public safety resource such as a fire truck is an entirely different thing though. I would think that that most prudent and reasonable people would find this not acceptable.

        How would you feel if the crew that is charged with protecting your neighborhood is somehow delayed for a life-threatening call, because they’re busy puting up X-mas lights? Doesn’t pass the sniff test.

        As far as your comment in the end of your post, “…Sorry, I don`t mean to be an ass but you….well”

        Yes, I’m sure you don’t mean to be one, but you probably can’t help it.

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        • Mary Beth here’s a response directly from the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Dept to your concerns:

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          We do help with the Tree Lighting Festival, we have been assisting with this community event for over 30 years. We assist with this and many other events throughout the year.

          We also work on the 4th of July Parade, Bike Races, School Programs, Strawberry festival and most any other event we are invited to.

          During the time we are assisting with these events we still have the ability to respond. The crews assisting with the event we have pagers and radios. If a call for service comes in they immediately stop what they are doing, let the people know they will return asap and proceed to the call just as they would have if they were coming from the station.

          Our first and foremost responsibility is being prepared for and responding to emergencies and we keep that in the forefront at all times when helping out with these other events.

          Thanks for the opportunity to respond.

          – Doug Luedeman

        • Eaton B. Verz says:

          Sorry Mary Beth, but your comments just don’t pass the sniff test…..

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  5. Erik Robbins says:

    My spell check was a wee bit of.

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  6. Rob says:

    At least Y.B Tubless and Economy Wiring are doing something for others. As far as town Square Park, there is no tree there big enough to decorate for christmas, and as far as I know Discover Burien decorates the light poles every year. IF you want a decorated xmas tree in town square park, I don’t see anyone stopping you from volunteering your time/labor/money to get a tree in town square park

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  7. Jay says:

    Nothing is sacred anymore. Must we always complain about everything? Can you just be happy that someone is doing something and leave it at that. I mean if you don’t like where it is at, or the fact that old equipment is laying around, then don’t show up. It’s simple as that in my opinion.

    Better yet, put your angered efforts into doing something constructive and do something positive for someone or something. Maybe you don’t have a life and you just sit here and wait for an article to complain upon. It’s easier to crap on everything than do something nice right?

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  8. Rainycity says:

    I tried responding to this last night but it didn`t go through for some strange odd reason, I figured maybe Scott got wise and locked me out,,*lol*
    So, before he does,,
    I was a volunteer fireman for years and in my experience our fire dept should never be involved in anything to help the community outside of responding to 911 calls and the such. (After all, they are already outfitted and ready to go in case of an emergency while they are doing these things), They should just stay in the fire house and twiddle their thumbs waiting for the alarm to off and not be at community events like the strawberry festival with the smoke house in tow to teach kids (and adults) about fire safety and evacuating a burning building safely. They should NEVER go to our schools and teach the kids about fire safety either, be it extinguishing a burning pan on the stove or getting your younger sibling out of the back room or whatever.
    They should never have an open house at the station again handing out coloring books with 911 pasted all over in side of them to burn it into the mind of a kid what number to call in case of an emergency and letting kids (especially underprivileged ones)come in and sit in the big red firetruck, put on a plastic fire hat and feel like a king for day.
    Why shouldn`t they do these things anymore?
    Because for one, what would happen if your cat got stuck in a tree while they were there actively involved with teaching our youngsters about staying safe and the importance of supporting your community? Sheesh, that poor thing would be up there for maybe another 30 seconds or so just meowing away. We just can`t have that.
    I remember one time we were at the Albertson`s in White Center doing community intervention when we got a call and let me tell you, what a mess it was with us already being right there on the already running truck, must have taken us a good 10 or 15 seconds to actually get on the truck and leave for the call.
    But you are right Beth, I am an ass when it comes to people trying to undermine feel good community efforts no matter how trite they may seem to someone. To someone else they are as equally important to someone as they are trite to another.
    Sooooo, can we count on you to be there signing carols with us in support? No??

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    I am truly amazed at the amount of grief that is being doled out as a result of a story about good deeds and good intentions for the holidays. There is nothing that anyone involved in this event is gaining except goodwill and some fun for anyone who is interested. A childrens’ choir singing, lights going on a beautiful tree, and a food drive. If you are not interested, just pass on by quietly, please.

    Bah humbug to all you nay-sayers who are wasting your time bursting bubbles!

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  10. Burienite says:

    Wow! I can’t believe the over-reacting vitriol being spewed about follwing this thread. If you read Mary-Beth’s original post, it was highly sarcastic and (I’m assuming) was meant to poke a little fun at this event.

    She then went on to amplify her response, and even goes to mention that she was indeed appreciative of Economy Electric’s involvement, then making the point that the site itself maybe lacks any “special” feeling, etc.

    Secondly, the question was essentially asked whether or not it was ok to have a fire truck crew puting Christmas lights up on the taxpayers dime. I think that’s a fair question–especially if it has the potential to lengthen an emergency response.

    I did see the reponse from the fire department, and I’m satisfied that they would not severely delay any emergency responses due to this activity, however what if one of the fireman was injured while puting up lights? How would we respond if a fireman was severely injured or killed while doing this?

    I’m thinking the reaction would be something like, “What the heck were the puting up lights for anyways!?!.”

    No? Me thinks so.

    So, I don’t see a lot of Bah-Humbug in Mary-Beth’s original post, but just bringing to light some fairly legitimate questions.

    As far as the YB Tubless/Economy electric location goes, that tree has had lights in it for as long as I can remember. I think it’s pretty cool, however having an “event” there leaves a little to be desired.

    I’m for getting something going at Town Square. As a community, we should be using this great space.

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  11. chastity says:

    I agree that something in the town square we all paid for would be spectacular. But how about a big thanks that goes out to all community players? That certainly includes some local fire fighters! in their defense one of them on duty could slip and fall at the department and not make a call. I believe they could respond as quickly (if not quicker) already “geared up”.
    All the community should be involved in “community” events. Thanks to all involved who put this together, we all care enough to respond, lets all be grateful to those who participate!

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