OK, as promised, here is a simple schematic (pretty stripped down as I didn't have time to dust off Orcad). I tried to lay it out so that it can be followed left to right, top to bottom. I think I captured most of the big points, but please point out something if you think I missed it (or have a question).
SCHEMATIC IS JUNK FOR BEING A COTTON HEADED NINNY MUGGINS! WILL ADD A LINK TO AN UPDATED ONE WHEN I POST. LEAVING THIS UP AS A LEARNING EXERCISE, DO NOT USE!
Here is the updated schematic: Christmas Spirit-tron updated schematic (Christmas Spirit Meter)