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Marilyn Knauss says the sketch of her son Dalton captured the quick, expressive, intelligent nature of a boy who strung 6,000 lights on their house at Christmas, then ran next door to do the neighbor’s lights as well.

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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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