Thanks to Verna Gates and the Wacky Tacky Light Tour, we have discovered the most original Christmas display in the metro area.
It’s not gigantic blow ups or a massive number of lights that can be seen from space.
It’s old school – 80 plus figures, mainly delightful reindeers, created from scratch with salvaged tree limbs. The creator of this Christmas wonderland?
Bob Cissell, a longtime resident of the Birmingham area who is 89 years old.
This is the 2nd year, Cissell has decorated his yard for Christmas with his own original figures. The display can be found at 4125 Brook Way, Mountain Brook, 35213.
According to Cissell, he started working on the 2019 display in July, collecting old tree limbs around the neighborhood and gathering clothes to dress the reindeer.
Last year, Cissell featured Rudolph and his friends waiting for Santa. This year’s theme is to encourage people to adopt children.
Along with encouraging adoption, the displays are funny and joyful. For example, there is a running joke throughout the display about “yeller dog.”
More about Bob Cissell
A true renaissance man, Bob Cissell was a featured vocalist with big bands in the 40s and 50s. According to his daughter, even today on certain Tuesday nights, he can be found singing at the Fish Market on Southside with a local band. In the 1960s, he moved to Birmingham and worked at Blach’s, a local department store as their interior designer. For 35 years, he designed stores and fixtures. In 2003, he retired.
Go Twice – Think about Adoption
We highly recommend Bham Now readers to check out Bob Cissell’s remarkable Christmas display, in the daylight and at night.
Enjoy, our photo gallery and video featuring Verna Gates, founder of the Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour.
And in support of Cissell’s 2019 theme – Think about adoption for Christmas!