I started doing a Christmas display in 1991, and it grew each year. In 2002, I had some friends start a business called Animated Lighting. They asked if I would try their computer-controlled light controllers, and I agreed. Being somewhat of a techno geek, I got really into it. The first year was just four different colors of lights. My display consists of 900 feet of four-color rope lights; 24 red, green, blue, white net lights for a total of 96; four different mini, lighted stars and spheres in each color; and a few displays like Santa in a golf cart.
The following year, I added broadcast music from an FM transmitter that I built. I would work late each night programming new songs, sometimes until 4 a.m. Since my display was live, I could only test new songs that I programmed late at night when no one was watching. Now, each year, I add something new to the display and a few songs each year. It takes me six weekends to put everything up, and I always turn on my display Thanksgiving night. I have music from Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Trans Siberian Orchestra and even "The Star-Spangled Banner."
— Kyle of Leawood, Kansas