The Holiday Season is traditionally a time for happiness and joy, friends and family, kindness and generosity. Even in an era of cynicism, it brings hope for peace, fellowship and goodwill.

It’s hard to think of a better representation of that spirit than Casa del Pomba, the House of the Dove – the spectacularly lighted Hillcrest residence in Livermore that is visited by thousands of people every evening during the Holiday Season. Better known as Deacon Dave’s, Casa del Pomba has a wide range of creative, volunteer-built displays and well over 600,000 lights that cast rich, warm pastel colors over the visitors and the neighborhood at night. Young and old, people come from miles around to experience what has been called the Bay Area’s “one place to visit” during the holidays.

Deacon Dave – David Rezendes – was ordained in the Catholic Church in 1982, which is when he and student volunteers decorated both St. Michael’s Church in Livermore and the Hillcrest residence. There were a mere 2,000 lights back then, but the spirit was the same. The number of lights and displays has grown with the years. Casa del Pombo welcomes people of all faiths – and people of no faith – and immerses them in a glow that only begins with the lights. For 37 years, it has brought the spirit of peace and charity to our city and region, and we are grateful for it.