2014 Charity

The lights are on and the music is playing! Ready to get out of the house after too much turkey? Come see Christmas on Rose Dawn, our synchronized holiday light display. We are 65,000+ lights strong this year and have added some new items.

This year we’re coordinating an Adopt a Family for Christmas project as we’ve committed to providing Christmas for 10 families who otherwise won’t be able to celebrate Christmas BUT we need your help!!! These families are screened through Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries and several live right outside Gleannloch. We want to provide grocery store gift cards for Christmas dinner and gifts for each child in the family plus a family gift if possible. They range from families of single moms with kids to families with 3 generations living under one roof. Please don’t let our neighbors go hungry or not have any gifts for their children this holiday season! If you’d like to help, we have a Giving Tree in our yard with tags noting the gift needed for a specific child/family. Once you’ve picked up a tag, please just have your new, unwrapped gift back to us by Dec. 19th. We’ve also setup a Virtual Giving Tree at www.christmasonrosedawn.org where you can purchase a gift from the comfort of your own living room! We’ll purchase, wrap, and get the gift to the family in need with your name on the giftcard. Easy !!

We hope you enjoy the show and appreciate your help with our Adopt a Family for Christmas project!!

Comments from Neighbors and Visitors

Our subdivision has a Facebook page for residents.  We get a lot of mentions on that page for our display and I wanted to capture some of those comments so as to not lose track of them:

Thank you Douglas and Jennifer for this exceptional display of lights and music! Your generosity is greatly appreciated not only for those of us who enjoy the show but for the beneficiaries of your collections. We will certainly contribute to these worthy causes when we visit.

Oh and Doug, I so wish we had a video of my 2 year old grandson’s face.  His first year to enjoy all and he was sitting there staring saying over and over, WOOK WOOK WOOK.  His 5 year old sister, who saw it last year, of course was instructing little brother on music and how to watch.  At 5, she knows it all!  Such fun PePaw and I had with them watching it all and watching their little faces. She told him that your lights guide Santa to us!  Not sure how she came up with that, but sounds good to me.

Was there last night for about half an hour.  So beautiful!  It’s really incredible.  My kids have so many questions about how it’s done.

Sitting in front of the Schultz house.  We may be here for a while.

We went and saw the lights last night – 8 year old said the lights blew her mind.  Very impressive!  Thanks

My daughter asked yesterday if you were going to do the lights again.  Looking forward to seeing them!

I love their house. Watching it has become a family tradition!

We  live right around the corner from Mr. Schultz and my kids get so excited  when we see him out there setting up. It is a production for sure! They  love watching the progress. They always say “he’s getting closer.”

While we were watching it the other night, one of my sons said he’d love to live across the street from the Schultz’s so he could watch it from his bedroom window every night and listen on his radio, so your house must be the one he wants us to move in to.

Appreciate that you do this every year.  The kids love it.  And it makes for wonderful Christmas memories.

They are amazing!!

You haven’t seen Christmas light decorations until you see the Schultz’s.

Display is Down

photoWe only have a few items left to put away, but the display items are mostly out of the yard and at our offsite storage unit.  I used to keep most of the items at our home, but got tired of going up and down the stairs to our unused room above our garage.  It’s much easier to load it in the truck from the yard and take it the short distance to our storage unit.  We keep a few of the larger items (Megatree and other poles) at our home, but most of the lights and other props are taken to storage.

Curious what it all looks like stored away?  Take a look at the picture on the right.  We have 3 shelving units and everything fits nice and snug in about 10 x 12 feet of storage space.  In another 10 months, we’ll be bringing it back for testing, minor repairs and to start setting up for 2014.

Thank You

Through your donations of food items, cash and our own matching contributions, we were able to donate 230 pounds of food to Northwest Assistance Ministries.  Please see their website to see how your donations make a difference in the lives of many (http://www.namonline.org/)  Thanks again for your generosity with the charities we support.

Grand Champion for Gleannloch Farms

1524784_10201073353020305_422702843_nWe were honored to receive the Grand Champion for the Gleanloch Farms Christmas Lighting Contest.  There was some really great competition from the winners in each of the other sections.  Here is the announcement that was on Facebook:

What  has over 65,000 lights that are computer controlled to over an hour of festive holiday music?  What started the weekend of Halloween, and took endless hours to meticulously arrange a grand festival of visual fantasy in time for the holiday season?  What took 6-10 hours to program each minute of music so lights and music were synchronized? The Schultz Family Lighting Spectacular and Gleannloch Farms’ 2013 Grand Champion Lighting Contest Winners!  Learn more by visiting Douglas Schultz’s blog at www.schultzholidaylights.com.  When   you visit 19827 Rose Dawn Drive, consider making a donation with proceeds going to  Northwest Assistance Ministries and Labs Etc. Rescue.  Congratulations  to all of our winners this year!  It was so much fun driving thru the community and seeing all of the fabulous displays.  Out of the winner list, the judges voted on a Grand Champion of the entire community – and this year’s honor goes to Douglas Schultz and his wonderful lighting display.

2013 Song List

We made a few changes in the song list this year.  We retired a few and added some new ones (Bold indicates new for 2013).  Here are the songs we are using in our display this year:

  • Christmas Is – Francesca Battistelli
  • Carol of the Bells – Monique Danielle
  • Christmas this Year – Toby Mac and Leigh Nash
  • Amazing Grace Techno – Yule
  • We Three Kings – Go Fish
  • Little Drummer Boy – Vector Mode
  • Joy to the World – Manheim Steamroller
  • What A Glorious Night – Sidewalk Prophets
  • Christmas Time – Go Fish
  • Angels We Have Heard on High
  • Winter Wonderland – Monique Danielle
  • We Need a  Little Christmas – Glee Cast
  • DJ Santa – Krispy
  • Jingle Bell Rock – Glee Cast
  • Boogie Woogie Choo Choo Train – The Tractors
  • Jingle Bells Techno Bells – Candy Apple Punch
  • Sleigh Ride – Debbie Gibson
  • Kay Thompsons Jingle Bells – Michael W. Smith
  • White Christmas in Houston – Branded
  • All I want for Christmas – Mariah Carey
  • Deck the Halls – Manheim Steamroller
  • Carol of the Bells – Foster

2013 Construction

I have taken a few weeks off to recover from the 2012 display takedown and think about what I want to add for 2013.  I won’t spill all the beans this early in the year, but will try and post as I am building new items.

A lot of people are concerned with not only how their display looks at night, but also how it looks in the day.  Now I certainly have a lot of cords and wires running across my yard, but those aren’t really visible during the day unless you are on the sidewalk looking into the yard.  But one thing that does stand out as not being very attractive during the day is all the wires for the megatree.  I decided this year I am going to create a “skirt” for the bottom of the megatree to try and hide those cords and wires.

I bought some strands of garland from Garden Ridge during their clearance sale in December.  I also got some plastic poultry netting from Home Dep0t.  I cut this into 9 foot sections (the same length as the garland) and then attached the garland to the netting.  I have six strands of the garland that will make the skirt about 18″ from the ground.  I then put some LED lights in between the garland.  You can see pictures of the garland being built in this gallery.

The plan is to attach this to the PVC base of the Megatree, creating a way to hide all the wires and cables.   I will add those lights to my sequences, probably keeping the colors the same as whatever the megatree has on.  I have built about 2/3 of it and need to wait until Garden Ridge puts out it’s Christmas items as a I was a couple of strands short.

I hope this will create a much better daytime look for the meagtree.

Stay tuned as I continue preparations for my 2013 display.