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Outdoor Christmas Display 1999

Outdoor Christmas
Display - 1999

Each year for Christmas I go all out and put on an outdoor display. Each year it is different, although I may use some of the same decorations. It is an automated display run by a TimeCommander plus, a computer for background music, coordinated with the display which can be heard on speakers out side or on one's vehicle radio. This year's display was 7 minutes in length and automatically started when a car drove in our drive way and turned off when they left.  Our whole house is automated and run by a TimeComander +.
(We are a ways off the main road).

Fire place with mantel clock, large candles, and Christmas tree.

Fire place, mantel clock, large candles, and Christmas tree.

(1) As one drove up, "Twas the night before Christmas" played. "And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care.... Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." (Note the mouse moving over the top of the clock) (2) The tree on the right now lights as the song "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" plays. The rocking chair rocks, and the Raggedy Ann doll waves her hand. The lights in the foreground are milk jugs with outdoor bulbs in each.

Christmas tree with clear (white) lights.

Christmas tree with green lights.

(3) Moving to the next scene, the music heard is, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" and the white (clear) lights come on brightening from off to on. (4) Now the music switches to "Oh Christmas Tree... not only green in summer time, ...." (The picture doesn't do this scene justice as the lights are really green)

Christmas tree with blue lights.

Christmas tree with colored twinkling lights.

(5) (the camera didn't do this color justice either) Now one could hear "I'll have a blue Christmas without you..." as the lights fade from green to blue. (Remember, automation and computer controlled, just a new set of lights go on) (6) Now pretend to hear this song, "It's begining to look a lot like Christmas..." as the blue lights fade and the twinkling colored lights come on as well as the bell (bright lights) to top left. Also the tree and fire place lights came on from the previous scene and more lights on the eaves.

Two large candy canes light up.

Many pointed, 3-D star lights up.

(7) During the song, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" part of the verse is "with candy canes all aglow" so this is when the candy canes light up. (8) You can't see this very well, but as the song "Silent Night" plays "...all is calm, all is bright" the star of Bethlehem lights.

Looking up toward star with beams of twinkling lights radiating down.

Full view of display showing tree, Bethlehem, etc.

(9) Then from the song "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" "...the silent stars go by" as the clear twinkle lights come on above the "city" representing stars. (10) As the display starts to end, and the song, "We wish you a Merry Christmas" plays, all of the lights start coming back on.

Another full view with more lights showing.

Scene of carolers, a house, and "Peace" from Dale's Clock Shop.

(11) More lights come on "Wishing You a Merry Christmas" from Dale's Clock Shop & Automated Controls, and Sally's Computer and Tax Help. (12) Music is now fading, lights start dimming and going out as the final scene shows.

Six plastic soldiers lit up.

Side view of house, icicle lights and window lights.

(13) Soldiers light up as the visitor leaves. (14) This is the main entrance to our house.

Upper view of lights on eave peak and other decorations.

(15) These are the lights that go on for "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" as seen from the other displays. (16) Our window box for summer flowers has tree branches, green lights (yeah, I know they look pink) and red berry lights.


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