Greensboro neighborhood prepares annual tree ball display

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Evelyn Day wraps lights around the wire as she makes a tree ball at the Sunset Hills neighborhood’s 12th annual Lighted Christmas Balls Workshop and block party on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in Greensboro, N.C. (LYNN HEY/News & Record)

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — A ball of Christmas lights launched an annual event drawing crowds, feeding the hungry and inspiring many, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Residents of the Sunset Hills neighborhood gathered together Sunday afternoon to create Christmas tree balls.

People manipulated chicken wire into spheres, wrapped them with 200 Christmas lights and then smiled from ear-to-ear at their finished projects.

The trees in Sunset Hills soon will glow with these creations.

“Three hundred new balls will be released today,” Jonathan Smith said.

His daughter, Alison, accidentally started this tradition.

“She was the type of person who would stop for shiny things on the side of the road,” Smith said.

In 1996, Alison passed a ball of Christmas lights hanging in a tree. After designing one on paper, she and her dad made an actual one.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record

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