Christmas cheer can appear in the most unlikely places.Like the side of Padden Parkway.For several years now, an elf or group of elves has spread a little Christmas cheer to thousands of Clark County residents by decorating trees along the north side of Padden Parkway. The trees — most no bigger than the Christmas trees sitting in local living rooms — are part of the landscaping on the county property lining the stretch of Padden east of the intersection with Northwest 94th Avenue.Vancouver resident Pam Brumfield smiles every time she drives past the trees.“I think it’s just the idea that somebody wants to spread a little bit of Christmas around to everybody,” Brumfield said. “It’s not a big, giant, flamboyant thing. It’s a simple thing, but it’s something thousands and thousands of people can get a little smile from.”This is the fifth Christmas Brumfield has spent in her home in the Sifton area. She passes the trees regularly while driving from her home to Washington State University Vancouver, where she’s taking classes. She doesn’t remember a year without the decorated trees.Every year, typically after Thanksgiving, the decorations begin to appear. Some years, it begins with a lone tree. Other years, multiple decorated trees appear the same day.Some trees are wrapped in sparkly silver or red tinsel. Others are adorned with round ornaments in a range of colors — red, gold, green, silver. Some are topped with big bows; one has an angel.