Bill Geist, CBS Sunday Morning
"Did you get a little carried away here, Al?"
Al Thompson, Christmas on Wendhurst:
"A little bit. You know it started slow like a lot of people do.
We are up
to 603 homemade items now. We have 172,000 lights. We've had
signing in from every single state and over 80 different
kids are neat. They'll put in there, please do this forever."
"I talk to thousands of people during the Christmas season and
the Christmas spirit they bring to my house is really
overwhelming to me. You see those people, they're happy, they're
cheerful, they're full of spirit. They're families with two or
three kids and their eyes are just as big as you can imagine and
they're running up and down going, look Mommy, look Daddy."
-Al Thompson, Christmas on Wendhurst
"Our nationwide roundup of over-the-top Christmas lights
tonight as we turn our sunglasses toward Virginia with thanks to
Al & Esther Thompson for what they call their annual Tacky Light
Tour, 170,000 lights, 150 homemade, hand painted figures. We are
guessing all of it visible from space."
NBC Nightly News
Charles Fishburne, NPR, interviews Al Thompson
and Dr. Jason Sheehan.
Lights Shine Again with early "Miracle". One of the Richmond area's most
celebrated "Tacky Tour" hosts received his Christmas miracle early this
year -- and his lights are shining brightly once more, against the odds.
-WCVE's Charles Fishburne reports.
Al Thompson is a cheerleader for Christmas. His house, part of
renowned "Tacky Light Tour," attracts thousands of wide-eyed
each year. His display consists of more than 170,000 lights and
150 homemade, hand-painted figures. "His is a Christmas vision
Littlefield says. "From the apex of his roof to the tiptoe edge
of the curb,
he's got Christmas covered."
-Bruce Littlefield, Author, Merry Christmas America
We invite everyone to stop by for a visit. We recommend you get
out of the car and spend a little time. There is a Photo
Station, Santa Mail Box, Comment Book, Mistletoe Kissing
Station, Christmas Trees with riddles to figure out, thousands
of lights, hundreds of decorations, free candycanes and even
treats for the Doggies. Hope to see you this Christmas.
-Al & Esther Thompson, Christmas on Wendhurst
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