It’s November 21st and not one light is hung – and it’s snowing. It looks like 2015 setup will be a little challenging to start with, but hopefully, lights will be back and everything ready to go by November 29th.
For those keeping score at home or that like to keep track of useless information, here’s some numbers you might find interesting – 19, 14, 12, 9
- 19: number of years having a large display
- 14: number of years having a display synchronized to music
- 12: number of years collecting toys for Toys for Tots (over 5,000 toys collected)
- 9: number of years giving out “I Believe Bells” (over 3,000 bells given out)
Now, it is time to start shoveling snow so the display can go up. Check back next weekend for updates and live streaming video.
A big thank you to all who donated toys this year. Once again, several hundred toys were received that will end up in the hands of a smiling, appreciative child on Christmas morning.
There is still a small supply of “I Believe Bells” available for tonight and tomorrow night. Be sure you have yours before Santa takes off tomorrow night.
Lastly, be sure to see if we finally get some snow on Christmas Eve. We might get a few inches starting Wednesday morning. Check the webcams throughout the day tomorrow. (www.twasthenightbefore.com/?page_id=377)
Captured earlier tonight from a security camera at display – click here for a short video.
A blatant appeal for toys if you can donate. With less than 2 weeks before Christmas, our donations are much slower than previous years. If you can donate even a single toy, please know it will go to a child that might not get anything otherwise. Every child deserves a toy on Christmas.
Tonight is Christmas Walk in Geneva http://genevachamber.com/christmas_walk.php For all those going, be sure to stop by the display – we are just a short distance from the train station.
Please remember to drop off a toy if you can. The earlier in the season the better so we can reach as many children as possible.
Hello everyone! Lights will be on 5pm – 10pm through New Years Eve. The display is about 90% complete. The webcam probably won’t be active for a few days so check back.
The display is reduced a little from previous years, but, we still have “I Believe Bells” available, Virtual Santa is in the window and we are collecting once again for Toys for Tots.
I post this every year I think, but one of my favorite songs is “Promises to Keep” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Check it out if you have never heard it.
Promises to Keep (by Paul O’Neil and Robert Kinkel)
On a cold December morning
All is calm
And the world is still asleep
That have been caught without warning
Gently glitter on
Stars to wish upon
All the world is at peace
Christmas time and the year will soon be leaving
Cloaked in time till it’s just a memory
Christmas stays if we don’t forget its meaning
Days go quickly by
Years they multiply
And we go searching for thee
And the dream is still alive
From that first December morning
And it always will survive
As long as we can see
That the dreams we find in life
Are the dreams we tend to seek
And Christmas has its promises to keep
And the moments just beginning
From last night
When we’d wished upon a star
If our kindness
This day is just pretending
If we pretend long enough
Never giving up
It just might be who we are ……
I’m way behind schedule, but setup begins in earnest this weekend. Hopefully, everything will be ready by Saturday, November 29th.
Most important, we are once again an official drop off location for Toys for Tots. Please consider donating a toy for someone that may not receive something otherwise. My favorite activity during the season is making toy deliveries to the local warehouse – so feel free to keep me busy.
Only a few more hours left in 2013. Tonight will be the last night of the display and if we don’t get snowed in too bad, tear down starts in earnest tomorrow. Here’s a link to a new video posted today. Happy New Year to everyone.