Monthly Archives: November 2020

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!