"Richard Ball still remembers as a boy walking past glowing storefront windows along Fifth Avenue in New York City, watching Christmas-themed figurines dance from behind the glass.
"He thought about how much he wanted moving figurines like those swaying on his front yard.
"Like most families in the 1950s, his parents, both factory workers, hung a wreath outside the door, he said. His parents decorated a bit inside, but didn't have much free cash to spend on decorating the outside, and didn't have power outlets outdoors.
"In 1971, he put his first Christmas decoration - a handmade manger - outside on his front lawn to accompany his plastic Holy Family figurines. Now in 2020, he's hand-made more than 140 moving figurines and around 30 plywood cut-out decorations - and they've traveled beyond just his front lawn in Holliston."
A recent MetroWest Daily News article reported on this Christmas decoration ministry of retired Natick, MA, firefighter Richard Ball.
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