1. What store had this Christmas toy window display in 1953?
2. This 42½-foot Oregon fir tree decorated for Christmas dwarfs a girl in 1957 at Union Station, now the Durham Museum. This tree had 450 lights and 75 pounds of tinsel. What decade did the Christmas tree tradition start at Omaha’s Union Station?
3. What is the legend behind the “moon man” ornament that was featured in the 1976 Fantasy of Trees, a benefit for the YWCA in Omaha?
4. The Salvation Army band played during the opening ceremony of the Tree of Lights campaign in 1971. The tree, with 550 lights and standing in front of the Douglas County Courthouse, was part of the campaign to raise $55,000. What year did the Salvation Army Tree of Lights campaign begin in Omaha?
5. Where has the “Singing Christmas Tree” Concert been performed for 40 years? This photo is from the 1987 performance.
6. Brandy stood watch at Christmas time in the downtown Brandeis store. What feature of Brandy routinely frightened young children?
7. Many area neighborhoods have these displays on Christmas Eve to light the way for the Christ Child. In 1987, a girl and her father lighted some of them that lined the sidewalks and a retaining wall on the grounds of Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs. What are these lighted displays called?
1. The downtown Brandeis store.
2. The 1930s.
3. An old Bohemian legend says that the bogeyman lives in the moon and eats bad children before Christmas.
4. The Salvation Army’s Territorial Museum in Chicago says that Omaha began its Christmas campaign in 1888. The Tree of Lights became a symbol in Omaha in 1949.
5. The “Singing Christmas Tree” Concert is performed at the Evangelical Free Church in Grand Island, Neb. Choir members perch in six tiers among the evergreen boughs. The last of this year’s 12 performances was Sunday.
6. Brandy talked to children because a real person was inside the over-sized doll. This photo was taken in 1977.
Sources: Omaha World-Herald library; the Salvation Army