Tom BetGeorge is a music director in Tracy, California. He’s arranged almost 70,000 LED lights on his house, his yard, and his patient neighbor’s yard as a tribute to Star Wars. The whole thing only costs him $80 a month to run, and it includes a musical score from The Phantom Menace through Return of the Jedi, a lightsaber duel, and a really emotional Tatooine sunset there in the middle.
So, as to not upset the other residents on his cul-de-sac, BetGeorge only runs the show on the weekends from 6 to 9 p.m. Even though it’s free to watch if you happen to be in the neighborhood, you can donate at the display to the McHenry House, a local homeless shelter.
The production on this video is actually one of my favorite things about it. I end up watching a lot of light display videos on the internet, because it’s the season for that sort of thing, and aside from the favorable subject material, this one is the best so far. There are multiple camera angles, including several drone shots that probably make watching it on YouTube just as good if not better than seeing it in person.
And for anyone who wonders what exactly Star Wars has to do with Christmas, BetGeorge wants to let you know:
In all reality, what do any of our traditions have to really do with Christmas? There were no lights or even a tree to decorate when Jesus was born. I do this because it brings families together to enjoy something for free while raising thousands of dollars for those who are need. Jesus said, “if you love me, obey my commands.” He told us to help those in need – and that’s why I do it and that’s what I think Christmas is really about.
I sort of liked this more than I liked The Force Awakens, because yes I am that person. And I only had to sit still for five minutes for this fan movie.