“So not really sure how to explain this to you … Three years ago we were severely intoxicated (17 and 19 years old). We thought it would be absolutely hilarious to steal your baby Jesus and lamb from your nativity scene. Now 20 and 21 years old, we thought we’d return it after stumbling upon it in the garage...we pray you’re not terribly upset with us. We just wanted to return (the items) to the rightful owner.”
A baby Jesus was stolen from a nativity scene in Coral Gables, Florida. Even worse, the Jesus-snatchers then covered the remaining statues in blue and orange paint, because Scrooge has an artistic streak. The baby Jesus cost $2500, so maybe they were going to sell him on the Baby Jesus Black Market? Luckily, he was returned...for now.
He said he went outside to turn off his Christmas lights around 11 p.m. Tuesday and was struck by a concern for Jesus' security.
"Do you think I oughta bring baby Jesus in?" he asked his wife, Veronica Davy.
They decided not to. Then, when he brought his dog outside around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Campbell found an empty manger — baby Jesus had been stolen for the second time in as many years, he said.
"I'm getting tired of it," he said. "It's bull."
9. Leave the Jesus, take all the other decorations
And finally, this story out of Tennessee, where thieves left the Jesus in Peggy Shipley's yard but took...everything else. Peggy is upset, but has not lost sight on what Christmas is about: "It's about the baby Jesus," she said. "So we will go on and it will be okay."