Happy New Year!

New Year’s Eve has always been the traditional last night of the display and after a two year hiatus, the tradition continues. The lights will be on one last time from 4:15 pm-10 pm tonight. Even though the display was greatly reduced from years past, I hope we helped take your minds off the negative things of 2020 and gave you some Holiday happiness and rekindled some past Christmas memories.

Thank you to everyone who reached out and shared your kind words and memories with us and remember to continue to believe in the magic of the Holiday!

Do you Believe?

Do you have your I Believe Bell? Three years ago, my then 1.5 year old grandson Graham would ring his, now this year, he and his sister Cora have their bells and still believe. Be sure to take a bell from our container in the driveway for everyone in your family that believes!


The display is up and running!

A live video stream can be found here: http://www.twasthenightbefore.com/live-video-2

A couple of notes: the display is 50% reduced from years past, but hopefully will still generate some Christmas cheer. We still have a small supply of “I Believe Bells” in the container in the driveway for anybody who still believes. Due to getting a late start this year, we are not collecting for Toys for Tots, but I would suggest dropping off any donations at the Menard’s in Batavia.

A special shout out to John Kazmier and Sean Herr for helping me source some 15 year old controllers to get the display up and running. Fingers crossed they will last one more season.

Whether you are a kid from one to 92, enjoy, stay healthy, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

It’s 2020 – So why not?

Well, what I thought would last a year, lasted two. I retired the display in at the end of 2017 and at the time, it felt like the right time to do so.

Fast forward to 2020: If there ever was a time to have something to do from the comfort of your car and not having to get out and mingle, maybe it’s time to at least make one more attempt at a display.

Now, the display will be 50% of it’s original size. Think of the display this year as more TwasTheNightBefore Lite (get it? Lite? stay with me here 😊) This is for several reasons: , I dismantled much of everything after 2017, the technology I’m using really doesn’t exist anymore and I’m having to piece together what I can and I’m saving about 4-5 days of assembly and 2-3 days of teardown in January – something my aging body will appreciate.

There will be some familiar sights and sounds though: the music will be familiar, our virtual Santa will be in the window (who knew 18 years ago a virtual Santa would take on a new meaning in 2020) and most importantly, I hope you can take a break, enjoy a real, warm and cozy Christmas spirit.

If everything goes well, the weather holds and I don’t run out of duct tape, look for lights on Thanksgiving night.

Merry Christmas everyone!

It’s time – to take a year off

Well, it’s September 1, Labor Day weekend and I know everyone is turning their thoughts to Christmas decorating. 😉 Normally, I would be doing the same thing, but this year, I’ve decided to decorate like a normal person. 🙂 There are many reasons why I’ve made this choice, but mostly, it just feels like the best thing to do. This not a permanent decision, so I’ll take it one year at a time.

I want to thank everyone who has supported us, supported Toys for Tots and has provided our family with so many great Christmas memories for the last 22 years.

In the spirit of The Polar Express, I will always encourage everyone to Believe!

Wrapping up for the season – and perhaps longer

Happy New Year everyone!  Tonight and tomorrow night (New Year’s Eve) will be the last nights for this year’s display.  Tear down starts on Monday (unless we are colder than the North Pole which is a distinct possibility this year).

I haven’t made any final decisions about returning next year, and I won’t for a few months, but for many reasons, it might be time to retire the display.  The decision is difficult as there are also still many reasons to continue.  Stay tuned for any updates next year.   

For all of you that have allowed us to be part of your family traditions, thank you.  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and I wish you a great new year. 

Yes, 4 Days

I can’t wait for him to stop by. 🙂

Just a few updates going into these last 4 days:

– Thanks for all the toy donations! Again, it amazes me how many toys we receive. I made one last trip to the distribution center today and over the last 3+ weeks, I delivered several hundred toys. Many, many local kids will have a happy Christmas morning.

– Don’t forget to get your “I Believe Bell” – you will see a container in the driveway through Christmas night.

– Live video is streaming here: TwasTheNightBefore Live Video

Merry Christmas everyone!