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Hudsonville family asking for return of snowman family yard display

Son is on the autism spectrum and "Christmas is his thing"
Posted at 11:26 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 23:38:12-05

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — A Hudsonville family of seven had the air taken out of their holiday when a key part of their lawn display was stolen just days before Christmas.

FOX 17 spoke with the mother, Kimberly Walker, who explained that the holiday decorations are an important part of her family’s traditions. “My son is on the autism spectrum and Christmas is his thing," Walker explained Tuesday. "He loves Christmas, loves the decorations, all of it, so we try and go big.”

The Walkers' inflatable snowman decoration was missing when the family got up on the morning of the 22nd, and instead of risking further theft, they decided to remove the entire lawn display. Sitting in the place of the display now is a sign that reads, “Thank you for stealing our snowman family, Merry Christmas.”

Walker said she and her husband are using the incident as a teaching moment about why they tell their children to put their things away and inside every night, so they don’t turn up missing.

Walker has perspective about the missing Christmas display but still hopes the person who took it will return it, no questions asked.

“I mean, it’s just a Christmas decoration and just a snowman family. It’s par for 2020, I guess this is how we’re going to end the year. You might even have used it for a Christmas decoration, you’re done with it, please return it. That’s all we ask, we’re not looking for anything big, we just want our property back,” Walker explained.