So Minnesota: Man recreates Dayton's Christmas window in Minnetrista home

Updated: December 20, 2019 06:57 PM

Many Minnesotans have memories of going to downtown Minneapolis to see Christmas displays in the windows of the old Dayton's department store.

One man is preserving the past by bringing new life to those displays.

William Ewald of Minnetrista has set up a Dayton's Christmas window display in his living room.

"Preservation of history is deeply important to me," Ewald said.

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A few years ago, Ewald bought one Christmas character at a Macy's sale when they were closing the store. With a lot of tender loving care, he restored the character back to its original condition. Now, Ewald owns 19 different props and pieces from the old Dayton's store.

"There was initial sadness because these were magical creatures at one time, and all of a sudden they are hairless, they are broken, they've been cut out of a floor," Ewald said. "Realize you can start to put life and smiles back on their faces and motion back to their bodies, it was thrilling."

Ewald hopes to add to his collection in the future.

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