I was actually eh about it when we first moved here. It just sounded too "hippie" for me. However, since we've lived here for over a year, I totally get it. Austin is probably one of the coolest cities in the states (it ranks 19) and I can finally see why. People are just themselves here. There is always something fun going on and the food...oh the food!
One of the things that's "allowed" during the holidays is decorating a tree on the side of the road. I'm not even sure what type of tree they are, but they are everywhere! When we first heard about it last year it was too late to pull it together so we put it at the top of our to do list this year. I still wasn't completely on the ball this year, but managed to pull together a last minute invitation and about half of the families were able to come.
(We are going back a few days after Christmas to clean up, so don't you worry!)