New for 2012:
Our good friend, Emmy Award winner,
Judy Pancoast recorded us a
personalized version of her song
“The House On Christmas Street”
to use in our display this year.
Also we’ve added several new tunes and
a string section to our collection of
wireframe characters to play some of
those new tunes to include: “Dueling
Jingle Bells”….think “Dueling
Banjos” done to the tune “Jingle
Bells“ for our country music fans.
For our hard rock fans…..try on a
Black Sabbath sound alike of
“I AM Santa Claus.”
How many lights do you have?
Well, that changes year to year.
We started out with around 1200
that only ranup the driveway.
Each year we add as many as
we can manage to plan for.
This season we are well over
How much is your electric bill?
With a computer based show you'll
notice that all the lights are not on
at one time. Well....at least
they're usually not. This cuts
down the power usage
considerably. It's not as bad
as you might think. And believe
it or not we actually have people
that voluntarily send in
contributions to help defray costs.
How do you get the lights to
come on with the music?
Well, we have a special connection
with the big guy himself and Santa
shared some of his North Pole
Magic with us. We built several
light controllers that plug into a
computer. The lights can then be
programmed on the computer so
that they flash with the music.
Each song takes between 20 to 30
HOURS to program depending on
the length of the song and its
When the display comes down on
Janurary 1st we begin searching
for and programming the music
for next year and it usually takes
until October to get all the little
details worked out.
Why do you do this?
We decided to start our display
as a family project when the kids
were 4 and 6 years old. It has
become a hobby and a family
tradition that we plan for the
entire year. We're a musical family
and since we are no longer able to
play in a band or orchestra this
is our way of performing. Plus
there is the added benefit of
proclaiming our faith in Jesus.
We strive for a balance of
secular fun and religious
tradition to offer every one of
our visitors something that
hopefully warms their heart.
One fond memory of our efforts to
bring some joy to the community
comes from a young girl who could
not have been more than three.
While sitting in the car watching
the show there was a sequence
featuring the manger scene.
This little girl screamed out the
window of the car for everyone
within earshod to hear....
"Look mommy....it's baby Jesus."
How special and heart warming is
that? It pretty much sums up
the question of "WHY" we do it!
Beside all that.....it's FUN and
people really seem to enjoy coming
by for a visit. Quite a few people
have told us that they now make
it part of their family tradition to
drop by each year to catch the
show. In this way our Christmas
'family' is increased in numbers
How long does it take to put up
The entire process takes about a
week to ten days to get set up and
tested. There are always 'bugs'
to work out.... But preparation
goes on year round.
How do you get your music on
a radio station?
We built an FM stereo transmitter
that broadcasts the music from the
show to your car. Simply tune
your car radio to 101.5 FM and you
will be hooked into the show in no
time. And "Yes" it's perfectly OK
with the FCC...
Do you do the announcements
Oh, Well....we tried that the first
year that we went on the air....
but soon realized that wasn't
going to cut it. You've got to know
your limitations! So the voice you
hear is the world famous Demented
Elf. He's a 'hoot' isn't he?
Whats up with the scrolling sign?
That little unit is called an LED
Triks. It consists of 1536
individual LEDs that are hooked
through a communication cable
back to the computer. It scrolls
the name of each song and the
performing artist as well as the
From our Santa Central computer
control center we can change the
message that scrolls and on
Christmas Eve we send out
constant updates on Santa's
location as he makes his trip
around the world!