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The Lights of Christmas by the Numbers

Behind the twinkling lights and breath-taking displays, there is an incredible amount of careful planning and preparation that goes into the execution of The Lights of Christmas each year. The following information is a collection of interesting (and sometimes fascinating) statistics we have compiled about The Lights. The next time you need a conversation starter, feel free to drop a few of these numbers into your conversation.
(Note: Unless otherwise specified, the information is based on annual numbers.)

General Event
18 – Days The Lights of Christmas is open in 2008
20 – Cords of chopped firewood used each year to keep our guests warm at the fire pits
93 – Days it takes to set up the event. Set-up begins the day after Labor Day and lasts until opening night
475 – Kilowatts of electricity used. The highest measure in years past was 510 kilowatts, before transitioning to more LED lights
844 – Entertainers delighting guests with a variety of music and drama since 1997
18,000 – Light strands, enough to stretch from Warm Beach to Qwest Field
31,500 – Lights used on the “Bill Burr” tree next to the Mountain Scene
75,000 – Zip ties used in hanging the decorations
125,000 – Printed pieces of publicity (brochures, rack cards, posters, etc.)
1,200,000 – Lights, at least, that is where we stopped counting

Guests
6 – Continents visitors have come from (all but Antarctica)
7,062 – Farthest number of miles traveled by a guest (New Zealand)
44,017 – Guests who attended The Lights in 2007
500,000 – Approximate total number of guests attending The Lights since 1997

Volunteers Last Year
53 – Largest group of volunteers, brought by Day Creek Chapel, Sedro Woolley, Washington
587 – Volunteers who donated their evenings to the event
2,300 – Shifts worked by volunteers over the entire event
20,000 – Volunteer hours of set-up and during the event

Food Consumed Last Year
.42 – Miles of hot dogs, if laid end-to-end, consumed. That is 2,225 feet or 890 pounds
80 – Gallons of sparkling cider served at the Dinner Theatre
283 – Gallons of Ivar’s Clam Chowder consumed
1,500 – Pounds of dry cocoa mix, enough to make 852 gallons of hot chocolate
4,157 – Pounds of meat consumed – rib tips, prime rib, chicken, fish, etc.
34,000 – Plastic gloves used to serve food
65,700 – Hot, fresh, mini-donuts consumed

Permission to Rest is Granted

This morning, in my time with God by the morning fire, the message was simple and clear: You have been granted permission to rest. Yet, the real challenge for me, and perhaps you too, is to receive and take the rest that has been generously granted to you and me. Will you take a few minutes to reflect with me on what God has to say about different types of rest? Scripture • For the weary person carrying heavy burdens ...

Just a Hint of Heaven

In Mark 6:30, Jesus called His disciples to “come away and rest by yourselves.” It was an invitation to separate themselves from the work of the Kingdom, from the press of the crowds, and from daily cares. And best of all, they got to just be with Jesus. That’s what coming to Warm Beach Camp has felt like for me personally. It’s been an invitation to come away and spend time with Jesus. I have been attending family camps at ...

Words from the Heart

For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. Romans 10:10 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/rom.10.10.NLT The writer of the book of Romans is sharing words from his heart. He wants everyone to understand the way to be made right with God. He longs for everyone to be saved. Listen to what is being said: Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and ...