Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 3, 2013

Thieves stole a part of this family’s Christmas tradition

I always love the arrival of the holiday season and enjoy sharing the joy that I feel by gift-giving and welcoming friends and family into my home, but one of the things I love the most is decorating the house for the enjoyment of others.

For more than 40 years I have decorated my yard with lights, seasonal figures, blow-ups and music. This year on the Sunday before Christmas, I awoke to find a four-foot hard plastic Minnie Mouse had disappeared.

At first I thought it had blown away but soon realized that a 30-year-old lighted reindeer and a newly purchased lighted dog were also gone. The candy canes that lined the driveway were no longer lit and several of them were missing.

It was clear that I had been the victim of thieves who did not share the same holiday spirit as myself-a spirit that was disheartened by this event.

To the people who stole the decorations I would like to say that I hope you needed them for your own home and are enjoying them as much as I did. It would be such a shame if they were lying in a ditch somewhere.

I have to ask myself why you did not take the lighted angel or the blow-up manger. I imagine the religious theme would cramp your style.  

Carol Ritchie

Cresaptown

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