Christmas lights and tinsel look better sparkling in the sub-tropical sunlight. Through the years, Miami has celebrated the holiday season with reindeer on snowless rooftops, lights twined around palm trees and sleds parked firmly on green grass. The city’s downtown was traditionally decorated as a shirt-sleeve version of a winter wonderland and the competition for best lighting from Hialeah to Miami Shores included plastic snowmen and nativity scenes under blue skies.
12/23/1961, John Pineda/Miami Herald Staff: Light Up the Christmas candles and pass the goodies - all with smiles as bright as the gleaming silver service and tinsel decorations. In picture at left, Mrs. Byrd V. Duke Jr., honorary member and hostess, lights candles for three new members of Hialeah Junior Woman’s Club, Mrs. Alfred Young, Mrs. Charles Potter, Mrs. Robert Welborn. At right, Mrs. Milton E. Thompson Jr., club president, passes cookies to fellow members Mrs. Thomas Homberger and Mrs. George James. Occasion was a combination Christmas coffee and welcome to new members.