Christmas in El Paso has pretty much remained the same over the last several decades.

El Pasoans still flock downtown for the city's annual tree lighting, the Wells Fargo building still lights up in a Christmas tree design, and residents of Eastridge continue decking their homes and yards for the enjoyment of the entire community.

Some El Paso Christmastime traditions slip through the cracks only to return a few years later. The Ascarate Lake light displays and Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre, for example, have been resurrected of late.

But as the city grows and time marches on, others fall by the wayside; casualties of change and "progress." And while I'm okay with change, there are some lost celebrations I'd like to see make a comeback. Here are 5 Christmas Past traditions I would like to see make some sort of a comeback.

  • UTEP Season of Lights

    From 1992 to sometime in the mid-2000’s the university would light up the trees, buildings and bushes along the road that used to cut through the center of campus. About 200,000 white lights would bathe the campus in a cheerful holiday glow from sundown to sunrise through the beginning of January.
  • Chelmont Center Christmas

    Remember this tree? What about Santa making his debut via helicopter before taking up residence at Santa's House by Luby's? *sigh*

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  • The Christmas Star on the Mountain

    Prior to 1993, the glimmering landmark was mostly a seasonal time marker. To many, it was and should still be just a Christmas thing.

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  • Downtown Street Decorations

    Back in the day, all of downtown would get decked out for Christmas, not just the area in and around the plaza. And that included our downtown streets.

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  • The Old San Jacinto Plaza Decorations

    After years of renovations and millions of dollars, City Council didn’t want the same old decorations from years past and instead chose to go with a more modern, mostly all-white lighting scheme for 2016 and beyond. As pretty and classy as it looks, I kind of miss the colorful “Griswold” Christmas display of the recent past.

    Brian Wancho