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26

Nov

2012 Update

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The display is up and running and we hope to see you again this year.  This year there are just under 80,000 lights.  The lights come on around 5:30 each night and stay on to about 10:00 pm.


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7

Oct

Facebook

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Facebook reached 1 billion users over the past weeks.  Are you one of them?  If so, be sure to “Like” our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/WeBelieveInChristmas and see the most current updates there.

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7

Oct

2012, A year of change!

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Good morning everyone.  We hinted at it last season but we moved this year.  We are still in the same area of Northeast San Antonio and only slightly changed from the city of Cibolo to the city of Schertz.  We had a new home built right off I-35 and FM-1103.  The yard is a little smaller but the house itself works much better for our large family.  We just started decorating this week and as usual, we plan on having the display up and running on Thanksgiving night.

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19

Dec

What a busy weekend!

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This weekend was a busy one at the display.  We had visits with Santa both Saturday and Sunday nights.  Saturday night was our largest night ever with traffic jams and a huge line of children waiting to see Santa.  It was such a busy night that Santa even stayed past his normal 8:30 time to a little after 9:00 on Saturday and almost 9:00 on Sunday.

It was also a great weekend for charitable donations and we are thankful for everyone who has donated.  The lady who runs The Forgotten Child charity was elated yesterday when she stopped by to pickup Friday and Saturday night donations.  Now we have a whole lot more to get to her today!

The new “Letter’s to Santa” program started off kind of slow but our daughter, Noni, took some paper out to a child Saturday night and then EVERYONE wanted to write a letter.  Sunday afternoon she made up a custom letter and last night we had clipboards and paper out for anyone to use.  Before Saturday night we had about two dozen letters.  Saturday night we got 31 and Sunday night another 15!  All letters have been scanned and sent to our special North Pole email address so Santa and the Elves have your child’s letter but they may not get their reply before our visit, depending on USPS!

If you visited Saturday night, use this link to order pictures from Walgreens.

Sunday night’s photos can be found at this link.

 

Weather permitting, Santa will visit again on the nights of the 23rd, 24th, and 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 each night.

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12

Dec
 

Unfortunately Santa wasn’t able to land in Cibolo Saturday night because of the rain but he did manage to make it Sunday night.  We had somewhere around 30 to 40 children and here are a few pics for you.

Remember all the pictures can be seen on our Facebook page.

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12

Dec

Jeff’s live TV debut!

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This morning Jeff appeared on the FOX San Antonio morning show to talk about the display and the story that aired Friday night on the same channel.  It was a great experience and an excellent opportunity to tell people about The Forgotten Child.


Here’s the video.

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10

Dec
 

Rain for us right now is a blessing and a curse.  We need the rain but cold and rainy weather prevents Santa from visiting with children.  We WILL NOT sacrifice the health of children.  Stay tuned to this page or our Facebook page for updates.

On a happy note, we were on San Antonio’s Fox 29 news last night!  Check out the video here.   Jeff will also be appearing on Fox’s morning show Monday morning around 9:30.

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28

Nov

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25

Nov

The Lights are On!

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Well it’s Black Friday and the lights are on as of last night.  If you have been to the display before you will see some of the things we used last year but you will also see a lot of new items.  One thing we have added is our “Letter’s to Santa” mailbox.  Children can write a letter to Santa and if a return address is included they will receive a reply from the Big Man himself!

Here are a few things to know about this year.

1.  The lights are on by around 6 pm every night and we try to turn them off at 10 pm on School nights.

2.  The lights stay on at least through New Year’s Eve!

3.  The “Letter’s to Santa” mailbox is available 24/7 from now till Christmas.

4.  Santa will make appearances for photos with your family on Dec 10th, 17th, 24th, and 25th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm each night.  We will take a digital photo and upload to Walgreens’ website so you can purchase directly from them or of course feel free to bring your own camera.

5.  There is no charge for ANYTHING!  We do accept donations of new unwrapped toys, new children’s clothes, gift cards and monetary donations on behalf of The Forgotten Child charity which assists children in foster care through CPS locally.

6.  Feel free to park your car and get out to enjoy the lights up close.  Please do not block our neighbors’ driveways and be courteous of other visitors.

–Jeff and Michelle, Devin, Noni and Brody

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25

Oct

October Update

Posted by Jeff
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We are well underway with getting setup for this year and already it seems, sometimes, like we won’t get everything done.  One thing for sure is it seems like our Facebook page has supplanted this forum as our main conduit of information.  I am going to try to change that.

So what has been done already?  We have 11 trees decorated in the house.  Decorations are going up inside.  All the rope light and C-9s have been hung around the second floor roof and today we should get the final box of rope light so we can finish the garage roof.  Our chair for Santa is getting a make-over and getting some much needed repairs.  A new light fence has been tested and is getting constructed.  Noni has lit up two freestanding 11 foot trees.  And 19 new mini trees have been built and lit.

This weekend we will start to put up the Mini Mega trees that are in the back of the display and continue working on other projects.  We are now on Foursquare and Facebook places so that visitors can check in when they visit the display.  If you are on Facebook please consider “liking” our page.  As of this morning we have nearly 400 followers on Facebook.

Oh yeah I almost forgot!  There are so many new things going on with the display I almost forgot the new Letters to/from Santa program!  Kids can write their letters to Santa and drop them off in the specially marked mail box and get a letter back from Santa himself.  We are very excited about this new element.

–Jeff

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