60th Wedding Proposal!
Tonight at Casa del Pomba (House of the Dove) Deacon Dave’s Christmas Display, the 60th Wedding Proposal took place. This was the second so far for this year. Christmas Blessings to the Couple and Congratulations.
December 4th, 2015
2015 33rd Annual Grand Opening December 4th:
Display opens at 6:30 p.m. with a colorful Christmas Procession down Hillcrest Ave. from Fordham Way. Open Ceremonies follow. Folks will gather in the street in front of the darkened residence to wait for the arrival of the Procession.
Hours of Deacon Dave’s Christmas Display:
Friday & Saturday: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday thru Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Christmas Night: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
December 26th to January 1st: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
New Years Eve: Gates close at 8:00 p.m. Lights remain on until midnight.
LAST NIGHT OF THE DISPLAY: New Years Day. We close at 9:00 p.m.
DISPLAY MAY BE CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND OR RAIN
Deacon Dave’s 33rd Anniversary of his Ordination as a Roman Catholic Deacon:
Deacon Dave will celebrate his 33rd Anniversary of Ordination as a Roman Catholic Deacon on December 4th. The Rev. Deacon is the Bishop’s Representative and Director of Deacon Personnel of the Diocese of Oakland for the past 20 years. He has also been assigned to St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Livermore since his ordination. Deacon Dave is a fourth generation Livermore resident. His Great Grand parents and Grand parents were ranchers in Livermore. Deacon Dave’s Mother celebrated her 92nd birthday in November.
Thousands upon Thousands of Christmas Lights Brighten Display:
This year more LED Christmas Lights were added to the Christmas Display. The Light Count will surpass last years Light Count of “403,462” and the Light Crew out did itself with the wonderful additions and care in placing each light strand. Not an easy job.
Christmas Building & Decoration Crew:
The Building Crew began Construction in Mid- August this year. Due to the complex theme, and the automation involved we began construction earlier than the usual Labor Day Weekend. The Decorating Crew began as soon as building and lighting was completed in each theme location. We are working right up to the Grand Opening night.
Who are those folks wearing Red Baseball Caps with the White Dove:
If a volunteer works for the season and it is their first year, Deacon Dave presents them the Red Cap with the White Dove, the Symbol of the Holy Spirit. Those wearing the Red Caps are present at the nightly displays as guides, information providers, greeters, and in general are watchful for Safety and Security issues. We are very thankful for their volunteer hours.
Red Casa del Pomba Jackets:
Those wearing the “Casa del Pomba, House of the Dove” Red Jackets are volunteers who have volunteered for three years. The Deacon presents the coveted Red Jacket at a meeting the night prior to the opening night. Many of the visitors to the “House of the Dove” Christmas Display have inquired about purchasing the Jackets. Deacon Says “Sorry, Jackets are NOT for Sale”. They must be earned by volunteering.
New Up- Graded Security System:
The entire Security System for the House and Grounds and Buildings has had a major overhaul and now cover the entire grounds and buildings. The system is 24/7 and operates 365 days and nights. Full coverage. High Quality video recording.
What is this about Live Doves or Pigeons somewhere in the display each year?
The Symbol of the Casa del Pomba, House of the Dove, is naturally the Dove. Doves and Pigeons have been mentioned in the Old and New Testament of the Bible. Deacon Dave has placed live doves or pigeons in the display each year. Sometimes you will have to look for them, other years they may be more noticeable. The Deacon has several varieties of live doves and pigeons in the back gardens.
Every year we hear that this is going to be the last year Deacon Dave will be doing the Christmas Displays. The Rumors just won’t go away. The Deacon does not have any plans to stop doing the displays. So now, if you hear the rumor, you can tell everyone that it is FALSE!
A Bit of Humor:
Recently someone walked up to the Deacon in a Bank and ask if he knew Deacon Dave? The Deacon said “Why Yes”; the man then asked if it was true that the Deacon had died? Deacon Dave with a very straight face said: “No he is very much alive”, the deacon proceeded to leave the bank without saying that he was Deacon Dave.
A friend of mine while visiting the Christmas Display last year said that she asked Deacon Dave to give her a blessing. He fulfilled her request and gave her a blessing. My question is this: Will he give a blessing to anyone who asks for a blessing? Answer is short: Yes!
Theme and Light Count is a Top Secret:
The Theme and Light Count are kept Secret until announced at the Opening Ceremonies. That information will be posted after the Grand Opening.
Deacon Dave and his entire Christmas Team wish you a very Merry Christmas.
And to our Jewish friends: Happy Hanukkah.
GOD BLESS OUR AMERICAN VETERANS, GOD BLESS AMERICA.