Baby Jesus stolen in Anderson County

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

William Bixler is always excited to celebrate this time of year, "I love to do it and I love to see other people's homes decorated."

For Bixler, this means a chance to decorate his home and yard to bring a festive feel for his family.

"We always have a big deal here, open the presents up and everything, every Christmas," boasted Bixler.

"I just look forward to it every year," echoed his daughter, Earlene Cole.

He's got Santa and his reindeer, candy canes hanging on his tree, but none take the spotlight like the nativity placed front and center of the yard. Which means finding the perfect baby Jesus, is a must for the Bixlers.

"All during the summer, that's all my mom talked about was finding the perfect baby Jesus," recalled Cole.

"I'm sure baby Jesus was white but this happened to be a little black baby," added Bixler.

Finding the perfect Jesus for the Bixler's nativity was a task, but after someone took the baby, finding Jesus at all is a problem.

"We walked all around the house, we asked a few neighbors if they'd seen a baby laying in the yard, they said no, so we just figured someone stole it," said Bixler.

"I hope that whoever took Jesus finds Jesus," joked Cole.

There was no real destruction done to the nativity or any other decorative pieces, still the family hopes the baby makes it's way back into the empty manger or they'll have to go looking for another doll. Either way this family says they won't let it derail their holiday spirit.

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