Christmas display is a year round process for Lewiston resident
LEWISTON, ID —
For most of us, the holiday season is just a few weeks every year, but for one Lewiston man... He dedicates all twelve months making Christmas just perfect.
"I'm a fan of the process, the I love the electronic, and I love the building." Ron Roberts has dedicated the past nine years to growing his Christmas display. "It started out with just the small trees and then every year I add to it," he explained. Most of the lights and props are handmade, but what many would say is the best part is how they work with music. "Every Christmas song that I listen to I look to the possibility of how I could adapt it to make the lights flash." He programmed the lights to flash in tune with Christmas themed songs. “For every minute of recorded music it makes approximately 4 hours to make that all happen," said Ron.
For Ron there is a science to it all. "I like to think of it as an orchestra. If the trumpet plays, it's this particular Christmas display. So that it why it takes so many hours to develop," he said. Ron had to figure out a way for the public to enjoy it… so he took over a radio station. "I chose one that just wasn't in use in the local area and set up for it and bought the transmitter and put it to work.”
For Ron, all the time, energy and work was made worth it a few months ago. "It's 7:30 at night, and I hear a knock on the door, and here's a ten-year-old boy with a box of cookies, and in the box of cookies was a note that said 'thanks for doing this, we love it' that's exactly what you do it for."
Ron is already working on his display for next year. He lives at 1713 Cedar Drive in Lewiston. His light display runs weekdays 5:00 to 9:00 pm and weekends 5:00 to 10:00 pm.
He encourages everyone to come enjoy his hard work.