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“I don’t really like to have stuff made. I like to do it myself. It’s a really big DIY project.”
-Jordan Winton, seventh grader at CCMS
Following in his dad’s outdoor luminary footsteps, Jordan Winton, 13, has designed and, for the most part, built from scratch a 200,000-light programmed Christmas light show at his home on Haskell Winton Road.
“This is the third year of really going humongous,” Jordan said.
The Coffee County Middle School seventh grader said that he has been working on the light shows for about 6-7 years.
“I build everything out there and we put it up. We worked till the very last minute on Thanksgiving night,” he said.
“The spiral out there spinning (a multicolor tree near the house), that took 14 hours to put up. It’s hard to say how many hours I put into it. I go to conferences all year. Throughout the year, I shop and get ideas of how to program the lights.”
“It’s hard to say how long it takes.”
One song can take up to a month to program. Thousands of dots in the program must be clicked to orchestrate each song.
“Throughout the year, I shop and get ideas for the lights.”
Jordan attributes his lighting education in part to YouTube videos and to his father’s teaching in electronics.
Jordan’s mother, Carrie, says that it takes a special mind to design such a complex light display so young.
“Think about it, he just turned 13, and for him to do that takes a lot of intelligence and patience.”
And for Jordan, it has to be perfect.
“I could tell a difference in his personality until we turned the lights on Thanksgiving night,” she said.
“He stressed over this because everything had to be perfect. It was like cramming for a test. When it was over he could breath a sigh of relief. But then there was work to be done on it.
“He has put a lot of time into, but he enjoys it. It means a lot to him.”
Jordan’s mom calls it a passion, Jordan counters that it’s more of a hobby.
“It’s overwhelming,” he confided.
Jordan added that his display was almost featured on the ABC show “Lights, Camera Christmas” but missed out due to registration deadline mix up.
Jordan’s dad, George Winton, of Winton Heating and Cooling, said that this year Jordan took over the bucket truck work, hanging the aerial fixtures.
“We didn’t go really big with it until about 2000. Everything now is handmade and built to commercial specs. It’s big, heavy stuff, not stuff you can go out and get at Walmart.”
George said, “He works on most of it himself. He built his controllers and everything. I know very little about the computer side of it.
“I let him do the biggest majority of it. I stayed on the ground this year.”
This is also the first time that Jordan has collected donations to help Haven of Hope.
“Haven of Hope is very excited about being the recipients of this new venture s of assistance,” said Haven of Hope director Monica Mason.
“We have seen many creative ways youth, community, and church groups have helped over the years, but this one is new and quite exciting.
“Jordan is using his talent to help others in his community and has chosen the Haven of Hope as the recipient of donations he is requesting of those who drive by and enjoy his show,” she said.
Haskell Winton Road is the first right on Taylor Road (just past Forest Mills on Hwy. 55)
The light show continues nightly through Jan. 31. Times are 5-10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5-11:30 Friday-Sunday.
Haven of Hope provides emergency shelter\hotline services and support to victims of domestic violence, dating violence and sexual assault in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties in Tennessee. Haven of Hope is dependent on this type of support to meet required grant contract matches from the community.
If you or someone you know is in danger and need of services contact our 24\7 hotline at 1-800-435-7739.