Jesus snatched in the dead of night

For more than 40 years, for the benefit of my neighbours and passers-by, I have been lighting my home for the Christmas season

Late  on Dec. 29 or Dec. 30, someone trespassed onto my property and stole the image of the Christ child from my outdoor Nativity scene.

For more than 40 years, for the benefit of my neighbours and passers-by, I have been lighting my home for the Christmas season, and over that period I have lost my fair share of lights to vandals. Twenty years ago, I added a plywood Nativity display which, due to wear and tear, has now been whittled down to the main cast of characters in the Christmas story.

Sadly, under the cover of darkness, the central character, the “reason for the season” was taken.

What kind of person would do this? Not only has the thoughtless perpetrator attacked the core of my beliefs but also ruined a long-standing family tradition and an attraction which, over the years, has been well-received by many – especially children.

Paul Redchurch

Oak Bay