Web Exclusive: Family lighting up the holidays with music

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(KCWY/CNN) - To some people, an elaborate Christmas Display is worth all the extra work.  One family in Wyoming spent months timing their display to music.

What may look like your typical lights flickering on and off is actually a part of a musical piece.
The Wagners have programmed their lights to mimic the beats of various Christmas songs, and all people have to do is tune in to their radio.

"Besides the 15- to 20-thousand individual light bulbs, there's about 75 extension cords ranging anywhere form five feet to 50 feet," says Brian Wagner.

Brian programs every song himself and has plenty of songs to choose from, something that can take months to do.

"Every tenth of a second, I have to program for each channel and that's 32 of them. It took me probably about three months to program this song alone," says Brian.

"I call it the holiday season widow because he is so busy organizing it, planning it, programming it that I might get to see him when we go to bed. When he gets up, if I see him depending on our work schedules," says Danielle Wagner.

Now, he doesn't do the show all by himself.  Everybody in the Wagner household pitches in.

"It's definitely a family event. Every year, when he gets ready for it he goes, 'What songs are we keeping," says Danielle.

The show is free for anyone that wants to stop by. However, it's strongly recommended to bring three cans of food to donate to Joshua's storehouse.

"It's my way to give back to the community, you know? Christmas is about giving, and I can't afford to buy everybody in town Christmas Presents, but I can afford to entertain them," says Brian.

The residents don't want to stop.  They plan on going even bigger, every year with one goal in mind.  "He would love to see it from at least Casper Mountain," says Danielle.


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