John and Joan Leising said when baby Jesus disappeared, there was a note in the manger claiming the statue was needed elsewhere and would be returned in three days. However, it was late August before Jesus reappeared on the family's doorstep with another note, the Buffalo News reported Wednesday.
The new note was accompanied with photographs of baby Jesus at various locations around the state of New York, including the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges and thruway signs in Binghamton, Rochester, Albany and Poughkeepsie.
"Please read this letter in its entirety before passing judgment on the actions and events that have taken place," the letter said. "We are simply a group of young adults who wished to show the baby Jesus a better life than he would have seen cooped up in an attic crawl space. He has traveled over counties and states, met people and animals alike. We have done our best to show the baby Jesus the many glorious aspects of our world."
"The real Jesus Christ would have forgiven them for that," John Leising said. "And we do, too."