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Jesus Returns to W.Va. Nativity Display

Baby Jesus will be in the manger for Christmas after all, even if Mary and Joseph will not be there to coo.
( [email protected] ) Dec 05, 2006 02:22 PM EST

ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) - Baby Jesus will be in the manger for Christmas after all, even if Mary and Joseph will not be there to coo.

Officials have put the infant back into the town's nativity scene after news reports about the omission prompted e-mails from as far away as South Korea.

"The baby is in the manger," Callaway said Monday.

Jesus will be included, but Mary and Joseph are still out.

The manger scene, one of 350 light exhibits in the town's annual Festival of Lights, had included shepherds, camels, and a guiding star, but no Jesus, Mary or Joseph.

The parks superintendent said Jesus was left out because of concerns about the separation of church and state. But Mayor Dick Callaway said it was more a technical issue and an oversight.

"The purpose isn't to support a particular religion," Callaway said. "It's just to show one more side to the season."

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