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.
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.
With mild weather expected on Saturday, and bitter cold expected next week, tear down of the buildings and removal of some of the characters will probably start tomorrow. Lights are still planned to be on through December 31st.
Tonight is the night – it truly is The Night Before Christmas. Merry Christmas everyone!
This is the 12th consecutive year of the display. In those 12 years, we are starting to reach multiple generations within families who visit. It is hard to imagine that kids that were six years old when they first saw the display are now 18 and perhaps returning home from their first year in college. Those that were teenagers when they first saw the display in 2002 are now bringing their own children and parents who first brought their own kids to see the display, are now bringing their grandchildren. (All of a sudden, I feel very old 🙂 ) I am certain all of these returning visitors Believe.
For me, there are two groups of visitors that I am happy the display has touched. These two groups while very different in some ways, are also very similar. Children with special needs – like autism or Downs Syndrome, and elderly adults that are suffering from Alzheimer’s or other form of dementia. In both cases, there is something magical about the music and light combination that strikes a chord with them and I know they Believe. For the kids, they are innocent and simply don’t know how not to Believe. For the adults, I think it helps them remember they did Believe at some point in their life. I was lucky enough to witness this with my own father, who before his death at the age of 92, suffered with a form of dementia. He was able to visit on many Christmas Eves and sit in our living room and enjoy the lights throughout the evening. His last years were spent in an assisted living home but his viewing continued though as the home would drive a small bus load of residents to the display every December. I know he Believed.
Give yourself the opportunity to escape for a few minutes, enjoy the music, enjoy the lights and I am willing to bet, you will Believe too.
Don’t forget, there will be a supply of “I Believe Bells” available through Christmas night for anybody that Believes.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!