2014 Light it Up is Saturday December 6th, 2014 at 5:55 pm
This year the whole thing will take about eight (8) weeks to set up, and will be turned on by Santa himself on Saturday December 7th 2013 at 5:55 PM. The Christmas light display will be on from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM every night until Friday December 27th. Each night a different young child comes to push the button on our remote to turn on the lights. I don't have exact calculations for this year yet, but last year we were pulling 194.8 Amps on leg A of our 200 amp electrical service, and 193.1 on leg B.
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Every year we replace more and more of our lights with energy efficient LEDs, and this holiday year we hope to be at the halfway mark. It takes ten to twelve of them to simulate the brightness of one super bright Christmas light, so it’s a slow and costly process. The twinkling roof of the house has 8,000 lights that run off of a computer on its own dedicated 60 Amp sub panel. Every night I change/replace approximately 400 light bulbs to keep everything "burning bright"
2012 will be our 20th Christmas putting on the Holiday Lights display, but I have spent more than 30 years collecting all of the decorations. As a result, we have many rare and unique items, such as the entire 22 piece Hammacher Schlemmer gingerbread village, and the complete full scale 12 piece Mr. Christmas Santa's sleigh and reindeer, including Rudolph. All of the them were bought brand new, one piece at a time, year after year, including 19 pieces of the twenty piece Santa’s Best Nativity, This holiday I'm still looking for the right scale "little drummer boy".
In the 20 years I have never entered a Christmas holiday decorating contest, never accepted a donation, and turned down several corporate sponsorships. We don't have a collection box, but we do refer people to donate to the Levittown Fire Company #1. The sole reason that I do this is to put smiles on children's faces at Christmas. I have asked every reporter not to mention my name, only my address, and have refused to do all "sponsored" live television interviews. My feelings are that it would be wrong to take credit for something that I have not done myself.
I have many friends and family who put in countless hours to help creating the Christmas light display, including My Father Carmen Dispirito, my former Father-in-law Roger Baker, my good friends Bobbert, Ray, and Mike, as well as the many members of the Holmes family, and Santa Claus himself, who can be found in my driveway almost every night handing out full size candy canes to children of all ages. Last year he gave out over 10,000, stop and get one! Merry Christmas, have a great holiday! - Neil
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