Mary added that her eldest sign is now 28-years-old.
When she was pregnant with her second child Chris, her husband and eldest son Scott constructed two stars.
“They made them for the second baby, and he’s 24 now, so they go back a long ways too,” she said.
Much of what the couple has on display around their home has been built from scratch and holds a special meaning to them.
“You want to keep the spirit of Christmas cause it’s gone,” said Mary. “Christmas is not the way it used to be nowhere, no one goes to visit anybody anymore.”
Mary explained that the images she has display on her fence as part of her Christmas display represent the dreams she had going to bed as a child on Christmas Eve.
“The candy canes, you went to church, that’s up there, (and) Santa Claus coming. All that was in your head when you were going to bed on Christmas Eve night when you were going to be wasn’t it, wondering what you were going to get from Santa Claus,” she said.
Mary said in the past the lights provided her with a sense of comfort.
“I find it company,” she said. “There was nobody here only me, when you look outdoors it was dark in the night time when you get up looking around, I used to find it dark but if I had a light to look at, everybody else’s light was (out), they were all gone to bed when I’d be up and when I’d go out an see those lights on me step I knew that I had company, the lights kept me company when everybody was gone.”
The couple said people are welcome to come by and view the display. They kept it lit until 10:30 p.m and all night long on Christmas Eve.
“Anyone that wants to come here, they come down and knocks on the door and asks can they go around and look,” she said. “We’ll show them where the plug ins are to.”
Lesley Ann Lambe, who lives not far from the Francis’ home, said, “I think the lights are absolutely beautiful,”
She added, “Each year they add more to the display. My kids look forward to when Mr. Sandy and Mrs. Mary turn on their lights.
“I love seeing the houses decorated and this is one of my favorites.”