See the Lights
Meet the Holiday Home-Glower
Broadway has its showstoppers, but Plano, Texas, has a veritable glow-stopper. The Gordons' scintillating spread of LEDs flash and change colors to synchronized tunes, and attracts onlookers by the sleigh load. Throughout the season, the Gordon Lights also raise donations for families of service members and wounded soldiers. You can pull your sleigh around through Little Christmas (January 6) to help support their cause. For extra cheer, they'll keep their lights on past midnight on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
Our interview with Fabian Gordon:
Approximately how many lights are in your display? How long does it take you to put your lights?
Fabian: There are approximately 125,000 lights, but that really doesn't mean much anymore since there are several thousand RGB LED lights that can be individually programmed to be any of 16 million colors. It takes roughly three solid weeks to set everything up.
How many years having you been putting up your display? How did it become a tradition?
Fabian: [We] have been displaying Christmas lights for many years, but the animated to music display has been a tradition since the 2006-2007 season. [My] background as a professional musician, an electronic hobbyist, and the Chief Technology Officer of several software companies over the years came together and manifested themselves as the display you see today. It grows in complexity every year.
What's your favorite part of your display or what are you most proud of?
Fabian: Wow, that changes every year. Gordon Lights uses custom-manufactured display items almost exclusively. So each year there's a new "Whoa!" moment.
If you were to dedicate your display to anyone or thank anyone, who would it be?
Fabian: The display is built for the enjoyment of all. There are many volunteers involved in settings things up to get the show out on time, and Gordon Lights truly appreciates their time and effort.
Do you raise donations for any charity?
Fabian: Absolutely. Gordon Lights' official charity is Operation Homefront of Texas. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. To date, Gordon Lights has raised over $17,000 for Operation Homefront.
And just for fun... What's your favorite holiday movie and song? And is there any one celebrity you'd like to meet.
Fabian: A: 'The Grinch Who Stole Christmas', 'Welcome Christmas'. B: Glenn Beck, for he is a person who would both appreciate the spirit of the display and its designated charity.