PHOTOS: Christmas House on 'Cordova Street'

David Cordova's home on Yosemite Way is like a Christmas Disneyland.

Before David Cordova's mother passed away years ago, she told him two things. The first: "Don't let Christmas die." And the second: "Keep the family together."

Cordova takes his mother's parting message very seriously. His house, perched on a hill on Yosemite Way, not far from the Round Top Drive crossing, is a testament to Christmas. And although not all his siblings are still alive, their memories are faithfully preserved in what he calls his "family tree"—a painstakingly decorated Douglas Fir dotted with framed photos of himself and his brothers and sisters growing up in Echo Park under the watchful eyes of their parents.

"We kind of went overboard, but we're doing it," says Cordova, referring to his mother's wishes. "We get tons of friends to participate and we give them Christmas."

A high-end hair stylist who caters to the worlds of both fashion and film, Cordova enjoys sharing his Christmas decorations. "Kids come in little groups—people have to ask, Can we bring our kids by, and they come 10 at a time, 15, to the house."

In previous years, Cordova has invited underprivileged kids from Five Acres, a family-centered support group in Pasadena, to his house on Christmas. "We didn't do it this year, but we try to do it every year," he says.

Cordova has been living on Yosemite Way since 1977, when he first began decorating his house for Christmas. Detail-oriented and something of a perfectionist, as the photos above might suggest, he built his partially Spanish-style house from scratch.

"I have pictures of the hill across the way in which it looks like there are no houses there," he says of the time when he first settled in the area.

So elaborate and ubiquitous are the Christmas decorations in Cordova's house that you have to wonder if they stay up all year. "It's a question we get asked a lot," he says. "And the answer is no—we take them down. Come January 3rd, you'll find them gone."

Cordova's e-mail address is Cordevil3000[at]yahoo.com. That's right—you can get in touch with him for a Christmas tour of his place, especially if your plans to visit Disneyland with the kids happen to fall through.

Allison December 20, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Sweet story -- a lot of love went into creating that display.
Bob G December 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM
I drive by this home frequently since I live on Round Top Drive. I never imagined the wonderful Christmas display in this home. Kudos to David Cordova for keeping his mother's wish alive.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM
There was or still is a Cordova st in Glendale. I used to throw the Daily News on that st. I especially remember that street, because as a green horn kid, I lost my canvass bag full of collection money. I called my supervisor and he was kind and drove me over my route. There was my money bag, right in the middle of..Cordova.
Ajay Singh December 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Yes, Robert, there is indeed a Cordova Avenue in Glendale—a pretty, tree-lined residential street. Nice to hear that the name triggered all those memories.
ROBERT E. FISHBACK December 21, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Ajay..I live for a time near the corner of Glendale Blvd and Monerrey Road. (1950) I thought the names for streets in that area were so pretty and mysterious. I don't know how long you have lived in that area, but, I can tell you it was nice back then. I think that freeway plowed through alot memories. I am glad Cordova survived. I also recall a street named Naranga. I rode my bicycle all through that area. Thanks for responding..Bob


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