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    Barbarenos Usher in Yuletide With Downtown Lighted Trees

    By Santa Barbara State College El Gaucho Newspaper, December 5, 1941

    In a blaze of light, State street tomorrow night again becomes an enchanted way as the lights are turned on in 11 mammoth Christmas trees.

    Extending from Sola street to the Southern Pacific depot, the Douglas firs from Oregon soar skyward 40 feet from the ground.

    Trees strung entirely in lights of red, green, blue and amber will alternate with boughs interwined [sic] with vary colored strings. One hundred and fifty lights will be used to light each tree. Also ornamenting the branches will be painted pine cones, treated with a weatherproof process.

    FORMER PRACTICE

    In former years, the yule trees were placed on the sidewalk, got in the way of busy holiday shoppers. Found to be successful in other cities, the trees this year are placed in iron stands in the middle of the street. Only extending a food and a half on either side of the white line, the firs offer no problem to careful motorists. Each stand has four reflector lights to warn drivers of the obstructions.

    Adding to the seasonal atmosphere are holiday berries in boxes attached to the lamp posts. Poinsetta [sic] blossoms will be placed in the boxes a few days before Christmas.

    TWENTIETH YEAR

    Decorating of State street has been practed for the last 20 years.

    Plans for decoration are drawn up by a committee of five, appointed by the mayor. Members of this group work in conjunction with local merchants and decide upon a motif suitable to the businessmen. Execution of the plans is completed by the Santa Barbara City Park and Electrical departments.

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