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Bill Knauss found that one way to cope with the deep sorrow of losing his son was to share stories about him with other parents who had lost children — including Dalton’s love of both Christmas lights and potato canons.

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The twinkling white lights on the Knauss family’s Christmas tree weren’t exactly sad, but they weren’t exactly happy either. Christmas was Dalton Knauss’ holiday. He once made a star out of toy construction sticks, fixed lights to it and hung it on the roof.


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