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CHRISTMAS 2007 STATISTICS

Our 2007 Christmas Display was up and running from December 1st until New Years Day with the lights will on nightly from about 5pm until 9pm. Trains ran on most Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights, and the "Village in the Garage" was open at weekends and a lot of "bonus" days. From New Years Day it was just the nativity scene until Twelfth Night..

 

Below is a note I posted just before Christmas ... 
Sadly, on December 22nd, we had some "visitors" who do not understand the Christmas Spirit and attempted to damage the display. Worst impacted was "Donner" (from the reindeer farm) who was placed in the road and clearly hit by a car.  This unsurprisingly was very upsetting to our children who noticed as we left for church on Sunday morning. I am glad to say that we WILL continue the display and that Donner is back after a visit to the (electrical) hospital. The Christmas Spirit lives on and true in our hearts. Please feel free to drop by and let us spread some cheer!

Click here for the online newspaper article from the Contra Costa Times on December 13th, 2007. You can find the printed version from the Tri-Valley Herald here, and the printed version from the San Ramon Valley Times (December 15th 2007) here

There is an internet video here on the Contra Costa Times website. 

And here is our very rough video (hope to refilm shortly)... images/Christmas 2007 Unedited.wmv

And, finally, here is a little photo album.

Here are the statistics on the 2007 Christmas Display

The Yard Display.....

MINI LIGHTS 15,000
(6,000 are LED's including the icicles)
SPOT LIGHTS 7
ROPE LIGHTS 5 (250 lights)
LIGHTED DISPLAYS (NATIVITY, SNOWMEN ETC.) About 20
BATTERY POWERED LIGHTS 45 (FOR THE "TRAIN OF LIGHTS")
GROUND PEGS (to stop it blowing away!) 100
PLYWOOD ABOUT 7 SHEETS (BEFORE THEY WERE CUT UP AND SHAPED INTO ELVES, HOUSES, ANGELS ETC.)
IRON BAR TO SUPPORT DISPLAYS 16 (TOTAL LENGTH 48 FT)
POWER CABLES 2000+ ft  (40 CABLES OF 25' OR MORE)
POWER OUTLETS (PLUGS) Lost count!
RAILWAY TRACK More than 350 ft
TRAINS 4+ ENGINES, 10+ CARS
LOW VOLTAGE CABLE 100 ft
PROJECTORS 1
POWER CIRCUITS 2 DEDICATED, 2 PARTIAL
CURRENT JUST UNDER 40 AMPS (YES, REALLY!)
LESS than last year - we are going to LED's.....
TIME TO PUT IT ALL UP About 8 man-days!
TIME TO PUT IT ALL AWAY At least as long as to put it up!

The Village in the Garage (only open at weekends)

MINI LIGHTS 100
SPOT LIGHTS 1
PROJECTOR (SNOW FLAKES) 1
HOUSES (LIT) 25
HOUSES (UNLIT) 10
PEOPLE 60
RAILWAY TRACK 90 ft (N-Gauge, HO-Gauge & O-27 Gauge)
TRAINS 4 (2 HO, 1 O-27 and 1 N)
 

 

 

 

 

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