Part of the Wade Family Tradition in Decatur, Alabama is decorating Lawrence's 1955 CJ-3B for the annual Christmas parades in Decatur and nearby Priceville.
This makes eleven years since CJ3B.info started publishing photos of Lawrence in the parades, and I don't know how far back the tradition goes before that -- probably to his Dad in 1955. This is Lawrence ready to start rolling in Priceville in 2017.
The display in the back of the Jeep this year revealed that Santa has a Black & Decker Workmate in his workshop -- who knew?
Great-grandson Hudson enjoyed the Center Jump Seat between Lawrence and Ora Lee. Lawrence was doing his Jolly Old Santa impression.
Lawrence actually got his jolly self into a slideshow of photos taken for the Decatur Daily newspaper, along with these happy twirlers from Priceville High. Photo by Chris Shimek.
The year 2017 was a big one for the Wades' 3B -- as well as the usual local car shows, Lawrence took it over to North Carolina in October for the Southeast Willys Jeep Get-Together.
The '55 3B always appears in the Christmas parades in Decatur and Priceville AL, and 2016 was no exception.
Ora Lee waves to the crowd at the Decatur nighttime parade, and Lawrence gives us his famous Christmas grin.
In the back, Lawrence used the fireplace he built a few years ago, this time with an elf in the rocking chair.
The backdrop for the fireplace made a good place to stash the doors they needed on the chilly drive over to Priceville this year for the daytime parade.
For 2015, Lawrence was on the same wavelength as Macy's in New York, with the "Charlie Brown's Christmas" theme.
Snoopy's Christmas lights are important, because the Wades are in the parade in Decatur on Monday night, as well as Priceville on Saturday morning.
Every year the decorations go on in the garage. New in 2014 was the custom-made Santa spare, and garlands strung along all of the top bows to make a canopy.
Saturday, 6 December 2014 was the Priceville Annual Christmas Parade. Chilly and overcast, but no rain (or snow) and the crowds turned out to wait for Santa to throw candy from Fire Truck No.1 at the end of the parade.
In the old days Lawrence would take the Jeep and the girl who would later become his wife, out to the woods to find a Christmas tree. Nowadays they stay on the pavement.
The onlookers enjoyed the old-fashioned Christmas scene in the back of the old-fashioned SUV.
The colors were Christmasy but the temperature was a lot warmer back on Memorial Day at the car show.
The Jeep was also decked out for the Fourth of July. Lawrence likes all kinds of parades.
The Decatur Christmas Parade has been the evening of the first Monday in December for many years.
A nighttime parade never fails to remind you of the magic of Christmas.
Lawrence tried out candy canes on the front for the Decatur parade in 2011.
They also took the Jeep to the 2011 daytime parade in Priceville, and it was shirtsleeve weather. But Alabama occasionally gets snow; see Snow Jeeps on CJ3B.info.
For 2007 the Wades had a fireside scene in the back of the Jeep.
Where's the grin? Lawrence in his "Christmas: Grin and Bear It" shirt.
Thanks to Lawrence for the photos. There are more of them in Everybody Loves a Christmas Parade. -- Derek Redmond
See also more on the Wades' Family Tradition.
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