Last year I told you about a Christmas house in Manalapan that you only have to see to believe. It is owned by Vanessa and Nick Antanies, who live at 13 Glendale Drive.
If you go, you will either be standing or driving a long line that is worth the wait. This year they’ve taken it to another level, as Vanessa tells me on Facebook how they made a big house even better.
“This year my husband DOUBLED the amount of lights / pixels. We added 2 more animated scenes:” The Caroling Reindeer “and” The Nativity “”
“We started to assemble and rebuild over the summer. We have to build everything you see. We have created a matrix of over 3,500 pixels! And a tree over 25 feet tall! We had a lot of computer programming difficulties this year, but we managed to do it and were able to open a day later than expected. “
“Our neighbors, for the most part, LOVE it. Most of the neighborhood goes out with us every day. The kids love it, they come to help distribute barley sugar and show everyone the Elf on the shelf. who moves every day, and looks at all the kids who visit us. But, of course, we can’t always make everyone happy, but we try. The last thing we want is animosity to us for something we’re trying to do for the community. “
I asked Vanessa if there was one story that stood out the most.
“The one story that stands out the most – Nick and I were so stressed out in the weeks leading up to opening night. Honestly, I don’t think we even talked to each other. He had his job to do, and I had it. mine. We were focused but extremely stressed, and of course a lot of arguments. Opening day arrives, and it’s 5pm, the lights are on … phew they are working! Thank God! One of our first visits was a mom with her special needs son. She was signing him because he was deaf and showing him around. He was so excited! She told us that he had asked her to bring him back here for the year last! They couldn’t wait to come back! The smiles on everyone’s faces make all that hard work worth every second of stress and sleepless nights. “
“This year we have decided to raise funds for The Wounded Warrior Project.
And we’re collecting holiday pajamas for “We Are Loved”, a local nonprofit that helps foster children in Monmouth County. Last year we collected over 350 pajamas and were able to help 5 more counties! We hope to exceed that number this year! “
The non-profit organization We Are Loved is dedicated to empowering children and youth in foster care by providing them with a safe environment based on empathy, love and education.
Their Pajama Drive will benefit local children living with foster families. They will be offered as a Christmas present. Your donation will have a huge impact on a child who is temporarily unable to live at home. They accept new, unwrapped pajamas in ALL sizes, from infant to adult.
If you have a home that you would like to enter our “New Jersey Light Up Contest” and possibly win $ 1000, click HERE.
The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Steve Trevelise. All opinions expressed are those of Steve. Steve Trevelise is on New Jersey 101.5 Monday through Thursday 7pm to 11pm. Follow him on twitter @realstevetrev.