Don’t miss 89 year old Bob Cissell’s magical Christmas display made from salvaged tree limbs

Bob Cissell, creator of one of Birmingham’s most original Christmas displays. Photo courtesy of Cissell’s family

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.

Bob Cissell’s 2nd annual Christmas display in Mountain Brook. All figures are made from recycled tree limbs. This year’s theme promotes adoption. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

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.

Bob Cissell’s 2nd annual Christmas display in Mountain Brook. All figures are made from recycled tree limbs. This year’s theme promotes adoption. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

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.

Bob Cissell’s 2nd annual Christmas display in Mountain Brook. All figures are made from recycled tree limbs. This year’s theme promotes adoption. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Last year, Cissell featured Rudolph and his friends waiting for Santa.  This year’s theme is to encourage people to adopt children.

Bob Cissell’s 2nd annual Christmas display in Mountain Brook. All figures are made from recycled tree limbs. This year’s theme promotes adoption. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Along with encouraging adoption, the displays are funny and joyful.  For example, there is a running joke throughout the display about “yeller dog.”

Bob Cissell’s 2nd annual Christmas display in Mountain Brook. All figures are made from recycled tree limbs. This year’s theme promotes adoption. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

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.

Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

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.

Bob Cissell’s 2nd annual Christmas display in Mountain Brook. All figures are made from recycled tree limbs. This year’s theme promotes adoption. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

And in support of Cissell’s 2019 theme – Think about adoption for Christmas!

  • Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.