Capital Advisory Group December 2019

119 Old State Rd., Ellisville, MO 63021 THE WEALTH ZONE And a Few More Christmas Tidings THE ORIGINS OF CANDY CANE LANE DEC 2019

If you find yourself on Murdoch Avenue in south St. Louis after Thanksgiving, you’ll be transported to a winter wonderland. Candy Cane Lane, as it’s come to be known, is a holiday staple for many families, and for good reason.The neighborhood gets decked out in lights, reindeer, sleighs, and other Christmas displays (including a Santa made from sand one year), and of course, good cheer from all the visitors hoping to get a dose of holiday spirit. The whole thing got started thanks to some friendly neighborhood competition, probably not unlike that depicted in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” John Kuehner, a longtime Murdoch Avenue resident, entered a holiday light contest and won. Having had a delightful time creating his display, he was disappointed to find out he couldn’t win the competition again for the next three years. Instead of throwing in the holly, he reached out to neighbors and asked if they’d be interested in putting up a “Display for the Block” award.The group won, and thus started a tradition that St. Louis residents have come to eagerly await. Now, each holiday season, starting just after Thanksgiving and running through New Year’s, Candy Cane Lane attracts thousands of locals and visitors who enjoy the good cheer and spectacular

presentation the residents have created. Families come from all over to see the display. (A visit wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Ted Drewes afterward for some sweet treats). The display isn’t just done for pure aesthetics, either — each year, the residents use the fame and popularity of their neighborhood to raise money for charities.They’ve raised over $10,000 in a year, giving it to organizations like The Salvation Army. This is definitely the right time of year to be thinking about giving. With many families who aren’t as fortunate as we are, we can make an impact with our charitable donations. Many churches

and other organizations in St. Louis feed thousands of families around the holidays, and they make it easy to donate, whether it’s a meal or a monetary contribution. Just remember to hang on to those receipts! As this year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to thank you for a great year. We love working with you and are so grateful you’re part of the Capital Advisory Group family. It’s our blessing to get to serve you and your tax needs. Thank you and Merry Christmas! Enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones and see you next year! -Jeff and John Zufall

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