- Published on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:55
- Written by Breanna Bright
It’s a Norman Rockwell-esq picture: Christmas time, children with their noses pressed against the store glass, watching the wonders of the latest holiday display of toys and lights. It feels like a bygone era, but at Hutson’s Fine Furniture in Cape Girardeau they take window shopping to the next level with a tradition seventy years running.
Chris Hutson, who runs the furniture store with his brother Dave and cousin Jeff, says the tradition started when his grandfather first opened the furniture store in the 1950s, “He set up these small window displays and they became very popular.” Seeing the impact on the community, the displays continued to evolve as the next generation of Hutsons took over the store, “Since it was so popular we stopped using a bunch of small displays and blocked off a section of the store for one big display.”
Chris says it’s all about the small things, “when you have a small business in a small town traditions like this mean a lot for families. It’s part of our psyche now.” Chris adds that after seventy years it’s no longer a matter of if they’re going to do it, but what to do next.
Each year Hutson’s Furniture creates a new and spectacular display that draws crowds from all over the area. The bedroom-sized window display features a unique Christmas scene with animatronics, lights, moving parts, flying objects, and other wonderful treats that leave even the adults in awe. Last year they changed things up with Santa Claus flying into town on a dirigible, but now things are back to a classic set-up with Santa in his workshop, and an array of merry characters outside in a winter wonderland.
“For kids it truly is magic,” Chris said, reflecting on the window’s impact on the community, “I love seeing the kids wave at the gnomes, and asking their parents how they move. For them it truly is a bit of Christmas magic.”
With two sons of his own Chris hopes this Christmas magic goes for as long as possible, continuing to bring the community holiday cheer, “Merry Christmas to everybody.”
Come see the window display located at 43 S. Main St. in Cape Girardeau.