Christmas display stolen

This is not an easy article for me to write as it is very personal and painful.  Sadly, the Monday before Thanksgiving my favorite uncle was buried.  He died of cancer.  That very same day of his funeral, I got a message from my sister that my nephew had been in a horrible car accident. My nephew was at Hurly Medical Center in intensive care fighting for his life. He is in critical condition and the prognosis is not good.  Even if he survives the serious injuries and is taken off life support to heal, he will never walk again. The brain injuries are so severe that he will not be the same person ever.  He is just 32 years old. My nephew has a five year old daughter who will never know who her father really was.   

We as a family are struggling to keep this Christmas season alive for the children who do not understand what is going on with all the family tribulations. So we decided to set up our usual Christmas display. As if to add insult to injury and much to our horror when we got up yesterday morning we discovered that thieves had taken the entire Christmas display during the night. They also destroyed what they could not take.  We were devastated.   

Almost immediately, I began to see a different picture of this theft. It initially began with the police officer I reported the theft to when he said, “Wait a minute, are you telling me they stole Jesus?”  I sadly said, “Yes, they did.” and he was totally outraged.  He promised to increase police patrols in the area and to get the thieves no matter what.  You see part of the Christmas display we had in front of our home was the holy nativity.  The thieves not only took Jesus, they took The Blessed Virgin and her husband St. Joseph, the three Wise men and all the stable animals.  

As people hear about this, they have been outraged by this theft. My neighbor told me he is going to move.  He said that during the Christmas season he loved to look out his window at the nativity display in our yard. It filled him with peace and happiness.  My neighbor was sickened by the theft of the display.  He told me he is not religious but said it gave him peace. It gave him a thrill to look at our Christmas display and it broke his heart that it would no longer be there.  A little girl banged on my door yesterday, when I opened it she was crying and blurted out, “Is it true?!  Did someone actually steal the baby Jesus from your yard?!”   

Everyone who has heard of the theft has expressed outrage about the theft of the nativity. Now, the thieves also took our Santa’s sled and reindeers. Many other items like the Christmas lights were taken as well. Then the thieves destroyed the ones they did not take with them. But the thing people are the angriest about is the theft of the Nativity.  I have to say it is not just upset either it is plain downright anger.  I have heard people say, “Who would steal Jesus?”  or “What kind of an individual would take The Holy family?”  They have expressed anger, sorrow and plain disgust over this theft.   

This theft hurt. They are just items that can be replaced but to be honest some of them belonged to our Mom who died a few years ago from cancer.  She hand picked some of the Christmas display items.  They had a lot of special memories connected to them and those cherished items can’t be emotionally replaced. But this theft has also had a rippled effect.  It has hurt our family that these items Mom loved are gone but it also hurt the people who loved to just look at the Christmas display with the Nativity. So many individuals have stopped out front of our house to shake their heads and say how sorry they are for the despicable theft. There have been Whites, Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, religious and non religious alike that have stopped by to express their anger over this theft.  This has amazed me as I had never thought about the people who had seen the display and its impact that it may have had on them.  This theft has opened my eyes to a larger picture so not this year (as they stole everything and money is tight with Christmas expenses) but next year, our Christmas display will be back in front of the house.  It will be all new, bright, shiny and full of light. And if they steal it again, we will replace it again since now I know it is there for a lot more than just my personal family to enjoy.    

A previous Photo of our Christmas display with the Nativity. pen-christmas.jpg 

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