Just in time for Christmas baby Jesus has been returned to his manger… make that 32 Jesuses. Call it a Christmas miracle, of sorts. Chicago homeowners whose statutes of baby Jesus were stolen from their outdoor nativity scenes have finally been reunited with their missing items.
According to local police, dozens of plastic baby Jesus dolls were stolen last week from nativity scenes in people’s front yards. Then on Saturday morning a woman found all the missing Jesuses lined up along the fence on her lawn and called her local church. The pastor there told local news reporters that the woman “panicked” when she saw the dolls.
Police surmise teenagers took the baby Jesuses as a joke and not as a religious statement. Fourteen of the dolls’ rightful owners have claimed them. The pastor of the church where residents came to claim their decorations told local reporters: “We’re putting Christ back into Christmas literally and metaphorically.”
While those homeowners in Chicago cheer the return of their plastic Jesuses, not far away in Ohio, a homeowner there says it may be hard for anyone to steal the Jesus from his property.
In what some are calling the “ultimate Christmas decoration” the Ohio residence boasts a tree stump that some say resembles the Virgin Mary peering down on baby Jesus.
Matt Miller of Columbus told local reporters that the holy figure appeared after he removed part of the tree with a chain saw. He says from the back it just looks like an average jagged tree stump, but when you walk around to the front, Miller says, a unique image is on display—“an image of the Blessed Mother and possibly a nativity scene.” He says it looks like Mary is lovingly watching baby Jesus.
Miller calls his tree-stump-mock nativity scene “the best natural Christmas decoration ever,” and says he feels extra blessed this holiday season.