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Updated: March 22, 2018 @ 8:54 pm
Take a stroll through Christmas' past in Decatur.
1990: Two-year-old Darius White tells Santa about a few of his good points on Sunday.
1988: Sue Willis of Monticello and her two youngest daughters decorate their Christmas tree.
1978: People waited inside Haines & Essick Co. before the store opened this morning.
1986: As Vi Eggers with ABWA wraps a gift at the hmall Nicola McCathy, 3, watches closeely as Steve Wasmuth, Vandalia, also looks on. The gift was for Nick's mom Velvet.
1986: It's not hard to guess what Roe Simmons wants for Christmas. The 6-year-old from Tacoma, Wash., came all the way to Decatur to give his Christmas list to Santa Claus in Central Park. In addition to a new front tooth, Roe also wants a polar bear.
1988: Is that a halo over Bruce Duncan's head? Some may feel he's earned it for tackling the annual job of putting up the Christmas lights an ddecorations. Actually, while Duncan worked his holiday magic, daughters Michelle, Kristy and Julie took advantage of the great weather tothrow some hoops nearby.
1986: LeAnna Benjamin, 5, awaits a special Christmas present.
1987: We're not sure how many comments the city's Santas heard while working on the sewer line at Jackson and Cerro Gordo streets. From left, Scott Wilkinson, Larry Washburn, Carolyn Wilkinson and George Miller.
1988: Among the spectators for the Christmas tree lighting in Central Park was 2 1/2-year-old Stephanie Fahy, who brought along her father, Paul for the occasion.
1986: Judy Collins-Barger crocheted more than 200 stockings for needy children.
1988: Mandi Yates, left, and Deanna Hall aren't hiding their lights under a bushel. The pair, along with other members of Christ United Methodist Church, spread yuletide cheer Sunday night on a caroling excursion to church members' homes.
1929: The City Council welcomed Decatur residents to the Christmas Village in Central Park.
1983: Electricity has done more to brighten Santa's image than anything. All over town, electrified Christmas displays are beginning to light up homes an dbusinesses. Here, a worker puts up Santa's face on the Atlas Travel Building, 239 S. Main St.
1978: This shopper and many others were busy Tuesday filling their baskets with post-Christmas in the basement of Haines & Essick Co. Cars poured into the city parking garages and long lines of shoppers greeted downtown merchants offering reduced prices on holiday items.
1981: Santa Claus sits at the controls of a new motor grader pakerd in front of the Caterpillar Tractor Co. plant at 27th St. and Pershing Road. The machine, outlined by about 500 tiny lights, has a backdrop of more than 400 lights strung from the flagpole in the sahpe of a Christmas tree.
1980: Elks members Clarence Reese, LeRoy Covington, Eugene Adams, Thomas Cliff and Tommy Harper are ready to deliver Christmas dinner baskets.
1987: Nicole Kinney, 10 months, is pictured with her first Christmas tree.
1971: There are a multitude of artificial trees of every type on the Decatur market -- and many of them are very realistic.
1982: American Legion Post 105 members Harold Oyler, William Caudill, Ray Edward and Bill Storey sort canned goods for Christmas baskets for the needy.
1984: Exchanges of merchandise and discounts on unsold decorations, gift wrap and other items traditionally make the first shopping day after Christmas a busy day, and Wednesday was no expception. People were lined up outside the doors before stores opened, and checkout clerks were kept busy all day. Many stores began taking down Christmas decorations and putting them away for another year.
1979: For many, Christmas is a time for fmaily to be together.
1982: Ralph Stiles appears to be in the way of a precision landing by Santa Claus and his reindeer. But he wasn't in any danger; actually, he was just intalling Christmas decorations on the roof of his home.
1988: Married Monticello native James Willis on June 13, 1971. He is a mail carrier in Monticello for the U.S. Postal Service. Their children are Patric, 16, David, 10, Mary, 8, Emily, 4, and Julia 1.
1983: Like lots of other youngsters at this time of year, 7-year-old Tina Rizzo and her brother Danny, 8, have been thinking about what to request for Christmas. They got the chance to put their wishes into words Monday by visiting Santa in his house in downtown Decatur's Central Park.
1988: Hickory Point Mall was at its festive best Saturday as Santa was escorted to his house.
1988: Preston Nash, a park district worker, helps carry a 25-foot Santa Claus statue to its perch atop the tortoise and walalby house at Scovill Children's Zoo Wednesday. The Santa will be part of a Christmastime at the Zoo feature scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly at the zoo.
1986: Sam Tribbett checks his elves and reindeer for needed repairs or touchup.
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