KAYSVILLE — When you live on Shepherd Lane, having a Nativity front and center sounds about right.
"There is no better place to live," said Amy Heaton, the woman in charge of the neighborhood's Christmas display. "It's such a busy road and such a great spot, great location to get the most viewing."
For the past three years, Heaton has headed up the project. This year, she is staying busier than normal. A few days after Thanksgiving, she set up the Nativity. And shortly after that, someone stole away with the manger and took baby Jesus along with it.
"They just took the whole meaning of Christmas," Heaton said.
But in this season of good cheer, there is also some good will. "Five days later, a new one showed up, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh!'" Heaton said.
Another neighbor had replaced the stolen Jesus and manger, and Heaton thought the problem was solved.
"It was the hope that I needed, and then three days later ... that one was stolen too," she said. "I called the police and they said it's just the start of some pranks that happen this time of year."
Again, someone from the neighborhood stepped up to replace the symbolic centerpiece.
"She brought her own doll and even put a cute note on it that says 'Please don't take our baby Jesus,'" Heaton said.
Heaton is hoping from now on, only visitors wanting to adore Him show up on Shepherd Lane. "This is our third manger and Jesus, and hopefully our final one," she said.
Heaton has since put up cameras to see who the thief is. She is hoping it will deter any future thefts and is just asking the stolen items be returned.