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Spectacle of Hidden Lights


With the Osborne Family's Spectacle of Dancing Lights now well within full swing, I figured it was about time to show a few hidden things within the lights.

The first one is hardly hidden, but is usually overlooked. There is a giant spinning globe (which makes it darn hard to get a good picture), covered with blue and red Christmas lights with the universal holiday message of "Peace on Earth" hanging with angels all around. With all of the beauty of that, most casual lights viewers miss one of the most important homage to the Osborne Famliy's original display. On the globe the sharp eyes will catch a single star made out of white lights. Those who remember there geography classes will see that the star is just about where Little Rock, Arkansas is, showing back to the Osborne Family's home town, of which the globe sat upon their house. Also, if you look extra closely, you will also see a red star where Bethlehem is.

Fans of the film A Christmas Story may recognise this next little feature. A small version of the Leg shaped "Italian" lamp that has actually been used in some productions of the stage show, hidden in the last window display on San Francisco street, along with a TV advertising ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, Which is in no way a Shameless Advertisement...


The last, and my personal favourite, hidden feature is a "black" cat made out of purple Christmas lights. One might think that that is out of place for a Christmas display, and they'd be right. The Black Cat was part of the Osborne Family's Halloween Display, but whenever they shipped their Christmas lights down to Disney, the poor Halloween cat got lost in the mix, so the Imagineers hide the cat in a different spot every year. Now I won't give it away for those who do know about the Black Cat tradition and want to find it, but I will say that he is an "alley" cat this year.

Well, that is all from the Spectacle. Happy Holidays, and since I'm doing this one I should say, May the Force be with you in the New Year!!

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