DEMAREST, N.J. — A 15-year-old Demarest this holiday is continuing a tradition he began in memory of his late mother, sequencing music to go with holiday displays outside his home.
Daniel Eisenberg, a freshman at Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest, arranges a traditional, static display with 30-foot tall wrapped trees, and another side with LED lights on a 10,000-bulb tree.
In total,100,000 bulbs light the Evergreen Place property.
“There are a lot of displays that have just Christmas music," Eisenberg said. "We have everything from hip hop to traditional.”
It takes 50 hours to program each minute of the seven or eight songs broadcast into the cars of passersby on dedicated radio station 98.1 FM.
The shows begin on Nov. 27 and will continue through Jan. 5, weather permitting, from 4:30 - 11 p.m.
“I start working on the music in January,” Eisenberg said.
He uses a design program with a visualizer to plan the display, which fans can follow on his "Lights on Evergeen" Facebook page.
Ralph Deweil, who has his own display in Waldwick, has become his mentor. The two help one another during the season.
“I really like programming and computers, and I think it could take me somewhere in the future," Eisenberg said. "It's a great holiday.
“I’m out here at night working, and people are already asking about it,” he said.
Aside from buying security cameras to help protect against vandals, Eisenberg's biggest concern are rabbits who occasionally chew on the wires.
He began creating the display five years ago after a heart attack killed his mother, Lina.
A donation box will be set up in a secure area, with most of the money going to the American Heart Association and the rest helping to pay Eisenberg's electric bill.
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