The Bethlehem Herald Sheriff’s Report: The following incidents were reported by the Bethlehem Sheriff’s Department hotline:

December 24: Fifty-five residents continue to complain that for months now, an unusually bright blazing star is still keeping them awake at night. “We’re afraid the sky is falling in,” Citizen Isaac stated. After the first reports, BSD contacted scientists at the University of Jerusalem and Babylon College, who continue to investigate further. Scientists have no explanation to date.

December 25: Owners of the Circle S Ranch complained that in the early morning hours, their employees all fled from watching the flocks in the hills, leaving hundreds of sheep unattended.

At 2:00 a.m., Shepherd Caleb was apprehended by a Bethlehem Sheriff’s Deputy after numerous townspeople reported him for disturbing the peace: singing, jumping, and weaving in and out of the alleys shouting, “The King of Heaven is born today!” Regarding abandoning the sheep, Caleb told the deputy, “We left the hills after angels filled the sky and told us that Christ the Lord is born and he is in a manger.” Behind the All Seasons Inn in the stable, the shepherds located a baby in a manger, with Mary and Joseph, visitors from Nazareth. The deputy rendered an alcohol sobriety test, which Caleb passed.

The 23-year old was cited and released to his employer. As Caleb left the police station at 3:00 a.m., he yelled again, “The King of Heaven is born today!”

Although this account is fictionalized, it is time to share the good news with your family this Christmas day. Read Luke 1 and 2 in the Bible. Then throughout the year, remember Jesus, King of Heaven and earth. A Savior has been born to all of us!

[Jo Russell is a Christian teacher, speaker, author of many articles, contributor to several anthologies, and Which Button Do You Push to Get God to Come Out? A Humorous Devotional for Women, Intermedia Publishing, 2011. For more chuckles, keep checking her weekly blog on]

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