As the light over downtown Cape Girardeau dimmed this Thanksgiving Day, a crowd began to gather -- but not for the Black Friday shopping deals. People came to participate in what has become a tradition at 43 S. Main St. for the last 52 years: to get the first glimpse of an intricate Christmas window display at Hutson's Fine Furniture.The display annually marks the opening of the holiday season for not just the Hutson family, said store owner Dave Hutson. He is the third generation of Hutsons to create the display. The tradition began with Hutson's grandfather in 1960.This year's display features sparkling, colorful lollipops that spin amid elves clearing candy with a bulldozer and a truck, while Santa Claus stands in the center, overseeing the work. Above Santa's head, another elf strings Christmas lights atop a gingerbread house.The Hutson family and the store staff begin planning the display in early October. Hutson said even if it means pulling an all-nighter, the scene is ready to go at 10 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.Some years a train is included; sometimes not.On Thanksgiving night, the display always draws a large crowd of families with children in tow. The display is available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day through Christmas.
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