Baby Jesus Takes a Trip

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A statue of the baby Jesus is back where it's supposed to be this Christmas -- in John and Joan Leising's yard in Buffalo, New York.

The statue was taken from the Leising's lighted manger last Christmas, and a note said it would be returned in three days.

It was returned eight months later, with a photo album.

Someone had posed the statue in front of Thruway signs in Binghamton, Rochester, Albany and Poughkeepsie. Other photos showed it on a bicycle, on a horse, wearing a seat belt in a car, in a chair next to a campfire, and in someone's kitchen.

A note said the prank wasn't meant to be "blasphemous or disrespectful."

John Leising says the real Jesus would have forgiven the pranksters -- and he does too.

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