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Man's Christmas ornaments inspire
Annual creations become keepsakes
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Gene Hansard looks over handmade ornaments gracing a wreath on his door. The Forsyth County man has created and given away thousands of tiny decorations since 1994. - photo by Autumn Vetter
He may not have a white beard or red suit, but Gene Hansard could be the closest thing Forsyth County has to a real Santa Claus. Since 1994, Hansard has been hand crafting Christmas ornaments at his home on Bennett Road, near the Dawson County line. A wreath that hangs on the Hansard’s front door features most of them.And they don’t number just a few — there’s dozens and dozens.