Magazine article The Christian Century

He Can't Be Tied Down

Magazine article The Christian Century

He Can't Be Tied Down

Article excerpt

Many of us columnists have files stuffed with Christmas items that came to our attention too late to be used during the season but are sure to be misplaced before the next year. But I have one such clipping that's actually perfectly suited to the post-Christmas season.

According to an Associated Press story, early last December a student borrowed a baby Jesus figurine from the town square nativity display in Belleville, Illinois, and took it to Applebee's Grill and Bar. "It was a case of having a couple of cocktails in a boring town," said the student. "We were driving around and it was like `Hey, let's take baby Jesus out for a drink.'"

Applebee's hostess Haydee Gryzmala, who retains good taste in these days of bad manners, called the police, who arrested the prankster. The AP reporter learned from the Belleville Exchange Club, which sponsors the display, that "the other figurines in the nativity scene are wired down, but that they can't really tie down the baby Jesus. …

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